The tenth annual National Women’s Checkup Day is on Monday, May 14, 2012 during National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Checkup Day is a nationwide effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This day is dedicated to:
- Encourage women to visit their health care providers to receive or schedule checkups
- Promote regular checkups for early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions.
Screening and routine care can help women lower their risk of many health conditions. Stacy Blackburn, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Prairie du Chien clinic said, “Regular checkups are imperative for women of any age because screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Managing a disease, especially early in its course, may lower its impact on your life or prevent or delay serious complications. Early detection and treatment of diseases are important steps that can be discussed with a health care provider during a regular checkup."
National Women’s Checkup Day is a reminder to stop and think about health and well being. It also encourages women to make their health a top priority. Women can participate in this important event by:
- Contacting their local health care providers to schedule a checkup
- Discussing with their heath care provider which screenings and tests are right for them, when they should have them, and how often