It is often seen that women in Pakistan care more about their family than themselves. They seem to neglect their health for the sake of their children and other family members. Either they are busy with the household chores or with the outside work. Health screening stands nowhere in most of the women’s priority lists. So, if you are one of those women then here is a list of FIVE Health Screenings that you MUST undergo and save yourself for a better future.
1. RTI’s Screening
Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) refer to an array of infections occurring in the lower and upper reproductive tract of men and women. However, women are more likely to undergo more grave and long-standing repercussions.
The risk of RTI in women is further intensified in the developing countries like Pakistan because of the current cultural and socio-economic setting. The risk factors may also include health-seeking behavior during infirmity, lack of awareness and norms associated with pregnancy, menstruation, and childbirth.
Hence, screening for RTIs is one of the very important tests that every woman should undergo in Pakistan.
2. Mammogram for Breast Cancer
A lot of campaigns have been running on national level to spread breast cancer awareness among Pakistani women but still the outcomes are not very satisfying. This life-threatening disease is registering an alarming increase in Pakistani women which can be cured through its detection at early stage and prevented through healthy lifestyle. So, it is necessary to annually screen yourself for breast cancer from the early age.
3. Pelvic Exam in 5th Decade Onward
The peak incidence of ovarian cancer is during the fifth to sixth decades of life and appears to be somewhat higher in Asia than West. According to a study, it is the 4th prevalent cancer in Pakistan.
Family history (genetic background) is one of the major risk factor for ovarian cancer. Majority of the cases are detected at the advanced stage which is a major cause of high mortality and relapse rate.
Therefore, once you enter your 50′s, an annual pelvic examination can save you from this deadly disease.
4. Osteoporosis X-ray
Osteoporosis can occur at any age but menopause can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis as in the first five years after menopause, a woman loses up to 10 per cent of her bone mass and is at the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. Therefore, women over the age of 50 have the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. But diagnosing the disease at the early stage can prevent you from a lot of troubles and make it easier to cure it.
5. Heart Screening With ECG
According to WHO, in 2005, Heart disease accounted for 22% of the deaths of women of all ages in Pakistan and yet most of them are unaware of the fact that this is their leading cause of death.
One of the major risk factor for heart disease is obesity and overweight. The fact that cardiovascular disease kills more women than men is unknown to most of us and almost
no woman in Pakistan seems concerned enough for her heart screening.
However, the above stated facts should ring an alarm for every woman out there and should make them more concern about their overall health.
If you are one of those women who have never undergone a single screening that is mentioned above then this is high time to start taking care of yourself and keep your health in check for yourself as well as your loved ones.