Prevention & Wellness
As a woman, you have unique health needs that change throughout your life. That’s why preventive care and routine screenings are critical. Your physician at Premier Women’s Health Center can help you take a hands-on, proactive approach to optimize your well-being. Don’t wait any longer, schedule your well women exam appointment today!
Well woman exams include a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on prevention care for women, which may include:
- Services, like shots, that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems
- Screenings, which are medical tests to check for diseases early when they may be easier to treat.
- Education and counseling to help you make informed health decisions
Keeping Women Healthy
From pregnancy to menopause, women have unique health needs that change over time. Preventive care and routine screenings can help you stay healthy during every phase.
Even if you feel well, it’s important to visit your physician regularly to discuss your health, get screened for diseases and evaluate your risks for future conditions.
At Premier Women’s Health Center, we offer an extensive range of services tailored specifically to address a woman’s evolving needs, from infectious disease testing and education to care for incontinence.
Breast Health Care
Breast Self-awareness - Finding breast cancer early is the main goal of routine breast care. That’s why it’s so important to follow this plan for preventive care. Finding problems early gives you the best chance of successful treatment. Routine care can also help find other noncancerous or benign conditions, too.
The American Cancer Society says that all women should get to know how their breasts normally look and feel. Doing this can help you notice any changes you may have easier. Changes to your breast may include:
- Leaky fluid (discharge) other than breastmilk
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Nipple problems. This may be nipple pain, redness, or flaking. Or the nipple may turn inward.
Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) – Your physical exam should include a clinical breast exam by your physician at Premier Women’s Health Center. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends:
- Between ages 29 and 39, women should have a CBE by a healthcare provider every 1 to 3 years.
- After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a healthcare provider every year.
Mammogram – A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of your breast. It’s the most common imaging test. A mammogram can find cancer or other problems early, before a lump can be felt. It can also help diagnose other breast problems. But a biopsy would need to be performed to know for sure if you have cancer.
Health experts have different advice for mammograms:
- The USPSTF recommends screening every 2 years for women ages 50 to 74.
- The ACS recommends yearly screening for all women ages 45 to 54. Women ages 55 and older should change to mammograms every 2 years. Or they may choose to still have a
- yearly screening.
Talk to your physician at Premier Women’s Health Center about your own personal risk factors. This will help you decide when to start getting mammograms and how often to have them.
You may also need a diagnostic mammogram when an abnormal area is found during a screening mammogram.
Both the National Cancer Institute and the ACS suggest that women who may be at greater risk for breast cancer should talk with their healthcare providers about whether to begin having mammograms at an earlier age. Depending on the level of risk, a breast MRI may also be done along with mammograms.
Enhancing Women’s Health Through Exercise
We all have heard it, exercise is beneficial to your health and well-being. However, you may be surprised to learn the benefits of regular exercise are multiplied for women, thanks to the combined impact from estrogen and progesterone.
When it comes to looking and feeling great through the seasons of a women’s life, there’s one thing to a one-size-fits-all solution: exercise.
When most of us think about healthcare, we often focus on our doctor visits, lab tests and immunizations. However, there are other factors in our personal control, like improving our diets, exercise, reducing stress and adding a little fun into our lives.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, regular exercise provides a great array of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, preventing diabetes, improving mood and cognitive function, and reducing mortality. For women, those risks expand, thanks to their particular combination of hormones and health risks.