30s - According to the National Cancer Institute, this year approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. The good news is that through thorough screening the disease is highly preventable. At age 30, ask your doctor to have the HPV test performed with your routine pap. The test can be performed on the same sample, so no extra time is needed and the screening efficacy is increased to nearly 100 percent.
40s - We were all told growing up about giving ourselves regular breast exams, however many womenhave become relaxed when it comes to mammograms. Although not always pleasant, this remains the most effective detector for breast cancer and experts recommend adding this test to the mix for women in their 40s.
50s - Mood swings, short-term memory loss, and hot flashes are common complaints from women experiencing menopause. However, women in their 50s and above do not have to live in “hormone hell,” as there are a variety of natural supplements that can provide symptom relief.