Let's face it ladies, we're not getting any younger, so we have to consider our health from different angles, and with different health concerns than when we were younger. The sooner we detect any issues with our health, the sooner we can figure out how to handle them, so that we do not have to battle with them later when they become a serious illness.

Mammograms

I have to say this test may make the top of the “most deleted” list (even above the dreaded Pap test), but it is one of the most critical tests, especially if you have breast cancer in your family history. As a woman in her 40's you need to start having yearly mammograms, without, of course, there is a family history of it, and then you would have started your yearly testing at a much younger age. Unfortunately, the number of women battling breast cancer is continuously rising, but through early detection, you increase your chance of beating this disease and living your normal life. Furthermore, if you do have a family history of breast cancer, there are two blood tests BRCA1 and BRCA2 that you can have done, which will tell you if you have the BRCA breast cancer gene. You might not want to know if you have this gene, but it could end up saving your life, and it's easier to utilize preventative medicine rather than deal with the disease and its effects once it has taken over your body. Do not forget to perform your own monthly breast self-examination.

AZ Physical Examination

You're over that proverbial hill, and all of your levels are fluctuating trying to figure out their new place in life. This is why it's time to go to your doctor, and have a complete A to Z physical examination. This examination will include your blood sugar, blood pressure, hormone levels, cholesterol panel, and weight and thyroid evaluation. I can not stress to you how important it is to maintain regular heart-related test, and stay on top of the results and instructions from your doctor! Heart disease in women is our number-one killer!

Melanoma

Your dermatologist could have the difference between your life and your death, so make an appointment to see yours today. Melanoma is a very serious and an often-deadly type of cancer, but with early detection; you can save your life.

Bone Density

A bone density test is not usually performed on women until they're around age 65, however, certain risk factors will necessitate that some women have their testing started in their 40's. Included in the risk factors are women that have suffered adult bone fractures, gone through early menopause (before age 45), weigh under 127 pounds, have osteoporosis in their family history, have been taking steroid medications for longer than three months, who are or were smokers, who maintain a continuous drinking habit of at least two drinks per day, and women with low calcium levels.

With all of the medical technology available today, all of you can prevent ailments and health complexities with early discovery. All of you must be your individual advocate while taking care of yourself. As we begin to age, it's especially critical to eat right, sleep, exercise, and learn to manage our stress.