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Wendy Adams is a wife, mother of two young boys and she works full-time at the State Crime Lab in Wausau. At 33, she is a busy woman. Sometimes she has a tough time finding time for herself. "It is just go, go, go! " When I was younger I had free time. Now with the boys, I find it a challenge to relax. When I get home from work, they need to be fed and they want to spend time with me and I want to spend time with them."
Adams is like many women in their 30's juggling family and a demanding career. Doctors say it's typical for women in this stage of life, to shift their focus away from themselves to their family. But, they add it's also important to stay on top of any health changes you might notice.
Dr. Anita Bublik-Anderson of Aspirus in Wausau points out health screenings for women in their 30's are much like those of their 20's, "It's pretty much overlap as far as what you screen for and the questions you ask."
Your medical history will likely determine what if any screening tests your doctor wants you to undergo and how often. This will include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and breast health.
By the time you are 30, chances are you will have undergone several Pap Smears which screen for inflammation and infection on the cervix and abnormal cells, which may signal cervical cancer. At 30 you will likely have an HPV test. The new human papillomavirus DNA tests is used to detect the sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer.
Even when you feel fine, most health care providers say its a good idea to keep up with regular medical visits to ensure you remain healthy and to assess your risk for future health problems.
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