Proper diagnosis is essential for preventing many of the conditions and diseases prevalent among women. It is vital because women undergo different stages of growth and development when compared to men. Thus, it is essential that women be subjected to the appropriate screening tests during each of these stages. Regularly conducting such screening tests can detect many of the potential problems that will assist the healthcare providers of our affordable health clinic to provide the appropriate treatment options.

The care providers at our free womens clinic recommend that women undergo a list of important screening tests over a certain period. These are helpful in identifying any of the potential issues concerning their overall health. It is crucial that women should carry out these tests in order to ensure their health status. Some of the essential health screening tests that all women should undergo at regular intervals are described below.


A mammogram is the most important health screening test that women should carry out on a repeated basis. Mammography is a scanning process that screens for breast cancer in women. It occurs mainly among aged women but is also prone to younger women. Medical professionals recommend that women aged 50 and above should carry out a mammogram every two years.

Osteoporosis Screening

Women are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis and thereby it is crucial to undergo a bone density screening. This is particularly important for women on and above the age of 65, as the probability of developing osteoporosis is quite high during this period. Women having any previous fractures or family history of osteoporosis should definitely undergo the screening every year.

Blood Glucose Tests

Yet another important screening test that all women should do is blood glucose tests. It uses a sample of blood or urine to determine the levels of sugar in the blood and to identify the signs of type 2 diabetes. Women who are in the age range of 40 and 70 should routinely check for blood glucose levels every three years. This test is important since it can identify Type 2 diabetes, which if left undiagnosed might develop into heart diseases.

Pap Smears

Pap smears are important screening tests carried out among women aged 18 to 65. The tests involve examining the vaginal canal and cervix for obtaining samples of cells. These are then used to identify any changes in the cells for determining any signs of cervical cancer or the presence of Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Blood Pressure Tests

Checking the blood pressure is another essential screening test that should be routinely carried out by women. It measures the amount of blood flow through the veins and is typically performed for women aged 18 and above. Blood pressure tests can identify high blood pressure that will help in early diagnosis, thus preventing the onset of heart diseases.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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