SUNDAY, May 9 (HealthDayNews)-- Women who want to take better charge of their health will have the federal government on their side this week.
National Women's Health Week takes place May 9 to 15, and the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services is sponsoring medical screenings across the country.
Most will take place on May 10, or National Women's Check-Up Day. On that day, more than 700 community centers, hospitals and other health-care providers will offer health screenings and other services.
Health officials suggest that women start by inquiring about:
- -- Mammograms if older than 40;
- -- Pap smears if sexually active or older than 21;
- -- Cholesterol checks starting at 45, or at 20 if you're a smoker, diabetic or genetically predisposed to heart disease;
- -- Diabetes tests if diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol;
- -- Blood pressure checks at least every two years.
The Office on Women's Health has more about women's health issues.