Here are the 6 must-do medical tests for women post 30

Mammogram checks for breast cancer in women even if they have no signs or symptoms of the disease.

Medical experts say that women should be a bit more careful about their health and well being when they enter their 30’s. Women, who care for every single person in the family, forget to take care of themselves and often ignore their own health. However, when they reach their 30s, their bodies may begin to show noticeable changes. This is also the time when hormonal changes happen in their bodies. Compared to the vibrant 20s, the body is likely to be less active in the 30s, as most women would be busy taking care of their family and kids.

Many women adopt changes in their lifestyle in the 30s that suit their hectic schedules in which they may juggle family and career. So, this is the period when women have to take extra care of their body and health. There are 6 important medical tests that every woman needs to undergo when they are in their 30s to make sure that they are on top of their health.

Mammogram: The American Cancer Society says that women in their 30s should do a mammogram at least once in a year. If not in the 30s, they should strictly do it when they enter their 40s. This screening test checks for breast cancer in women even if they have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Though breast cancer is not considered a severe disease now, it requires intense medical attention. Self examination of the breasts and mammogram are the two most effective methods to find out breast cancer. Mammogram helps diagnose the disease in the early stages itself and begin treatment.

Pap smear: This test is also called the pap test or the cervical smear. The Pap smear test is a method of cervical screening used to detect potential pre-cancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix. This test must be done every 5 years if you are past 21 years old. This must continue till you are 65 years old. Cervical cancer could be detected using the Pap smear test.

HPV testing: Cervical cancer is caused when the cells in the cervix grow and multiply out of control. This is caused by the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV). If the doctor finds anything unusual in the Pap smear test, he/she would usually suggest further tests. HPV and DNA tests are done to confirm the presence of the HPV virus.

Lipid profile: They are a set of blood tests that serves as initial screening tools for abnormalities in the lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides. It is important to follow a well balanced diet and proper work outs as well, to lead a healthy life during their 30s.

Thyroid functioning and CBC: These tests are done to detect anemia and clinical thyroidism.

Fertility and pre-pregnancy tests: These tests would help detect infertility or any other problems related to pre-pregnancy. Women who are childless even in their 30’s should strictly undergo these tests.