Women’s Health Screenings: A date with better health

MakeadatewithhealthKarenWomen’s health needs change with age.

The frequency of pelvic exams and mammograms, for example, changes throughout the life cycle. In one decade, you may find yourself wondering about folic acid, while in another, you’re concerned about osteoporosis.

When should you get a shingles vaccine?

What about a colon cancer screeing?

In short: How to keep track of the guidelines?

Karen Narum, nurse practitioner at the TMC for Women Breast Screening Clinic, will help break it down in a conversation on Thursday, May 28 to help women (and the men in their lives) navigate preventive health measures they should take through the decades. The 90-minute conversation starts at 1 p.m. at The Core at La Encantada.

“Sometimes you may hear you need a certain screening at a certain age, but there isn’t a lot of information about why you should,” Narum said. “These screenings are important for prevention. There are certain things we don’t have control over, but there are others that when caught early, can make a huge difference.”

“We’ve been given this awesome machine. We should take care of it – and that’s why ultimately, these screenings are about quality of life.”

Narum noted that these guidelines are just that: Your own healthcare provider will help provide important guidance, given your own health care history and needs. The good news is that most preventive screenings are now covered under your insurance plans.

Narum’s discussion is part of a series celebrating national Women’s Health Month at The Core, which included discussions on everything from hormone therapy to yoga, nutrition and financial fitness.

OhBabyBrookeHerStoryInstagramThe culminating conversation, “Oh baby! What you need to know to keep your new family healthy and well” will take place Friday, May 29 from 2 – 4 p.m., featuring Brooke Casebolt, a registered nurse who is the director of patient experience at TMC for Children.

Registration for all events, as well as information about ongoing fitness classes and other lecture series, can be found at The Core at La Encantada’s website. For more information, please call 324-CORE (2673).

Making HerStory – Whether a woman is having her first child or a life-saving surgery, she deserves a welcoming and safe environment with state-of-the-art services and a caring touch. Making HerStory is the campaign for the new Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center to make this environment a reality at TMC for Women and in our community. 

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