Women's Health and Wellness in Your 50s

Health in Your 50s

You are in your fabulous 50s, and now is the best time for self-reflection. Many women have experienced a lot in their lives by this point and achieved many goals. With your children grown, you now have more time to focus on new experiences and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As the leading provider in women’s health in the Tampa Bay area, we offer comprehensive and quality services, support, and resources. Whether you need guidance through menopause from a gynecologist or support through various health screenings from a primary care doctor, BayCare is here for you every step of the way.

Screenings & Vaccinations

It’s important to keep up with recommended screenings as the risk for health issues increases.

  • Cervical Cancer Screening
    It is important to have a regular pap smear to screen for cervical cancer. This test is performed every three years or as directed by your health care provider.
  • Blood Pressure Screening
    If you have a low risk for heart disease, it is recommended that you get your blood pressure checked every other year. However, some may require annual screenings, so check with your health care provider on recommendations.  
  • Diabetes Screening
    Nearly 15% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, a metabolic disease identified by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). It is recommended that you test for diabetes at least once every 3 years. 
  • Colorectal Screening
    Regular colorectal screening is recommended at age 45, and subsequent screenings are based on test results. There are various types of screenings, so talk with your health care provider about what is right for you.
  • Bone Density Screening
    You may be experiencing your bone mass and bone density declining. Your health care provider can order a DEXA scan, a low-dose x-ray, to determine your risk for osteoporosis.
  • Breast Exam
    Regularly examining your breasts on your own each month is an easy way to look and feel for any abnormalities. Combined with the breast exam performed during your annual check-up, you have a higher chance of finding cancer early, when it’s more like to be treated successfully.
  • Mammogram

    It is recommended that you get your first mammogram (an x-ray of the breast) in your 40s unless otherwise suggested by your health care provider. Keeping regular mammogram screenings can increase the chances of catching cancer early, making it easier to treat.

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  • Depression Screening
    Hormones can cause a lot of changes, including affecting your mental health. During a depression screening, you’ll answer a series of questions to determine if you are experiencing depression or at risk for suicide. Your health care provider may recommend treatment, including referrals to a psychiatrist or therapist.
  • Cholesterol Blood Panel
    Monitoring your cholesterol is an important part of heart disease prevention. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your health care provider may offer lifestyle adjustments to reduce your risk of heart disease. Typically, your cholesterol levels are checked every 5 years or annually if your results are high.
  • TDaP Vaccine Booster
    The TDaP vaccine helps protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis, all of which are serious diseases. Boosters are recommended every 10 years for adults.
  • Shingles Vaccine
    Shingles is a painful rash caused by the same virus as chickenpox. Your health care provider may recommend the shingles vaccine to prevent occurrences of the disease.
  • Flu Shot

    The flu vaccine is the best chance to avoid getting the flu. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year as soon as it is available. 

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