As women, we tend to make sure others’ needs are looked after first and then generally think of ourselves and our needs. That might be fine in some instances but when it comes to our HEALTH we need to put ourselves first and make our health and well-being a priority.
We only have one body so we need to ensure we look after it and be aware of conditions that can occur as we age.
What is B.E.S.T. care?
Health Care for Women Over 50
Breasts, Boobs, ‘The Girls’
Whatever you like to call them, they need our attention. We all know about breast cancer but do we become complacent?
According to Breast Cancer Care W.A.,
one in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85.
I am very mindful of this because my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer at 53 years of age and died 10 years later after many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Back then in the late 70s there wasn’t much information compared to today when the chances of survival are so much better. I have an annual Mammogram each year.
Each year, my daughter and I run in the Mother’s Day Classic which is an annual run or walk held in various cities and towns in Australia to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. We run in memory of my beautiful Mum and we will be running this coming Sunday.
Here are 3 useful and informative links which I recommend:
Do you self-check for any changes to your breasts?
Time to book a mammogram? If you have a family history of breast cancer you should be having an annual mammogram. Genetic testing is also available through the BRCA test. A blood test that uses DNA analysis to detect gene mutations.
The National Eye Institute suggests that:
Everyone age 50 or older should visit an eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Many eye diseases have no early warning signs or symptoms, but a dilated exam can detect eye diseases in their early stages before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment can help you save your sight. Even if you aren’t experiencing any vision problems, visit your eye care professional for a dilated eye exam. He or she will tell you how often you need to have one depending on your specific risk factors.
Age-related Eye Diseases include:
Our eyesight is one of our most important senses and it isn’t just a matter of having our vision checked at the Optometrist. Over 50 we should also be asking our doctor for a referral to an Opthamologist.
Take time away from electronic screens regularly. Set an alarm hourly to remind you to get up and walk away from the computer and rest your eyes.
Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma and skin cancer in the world. Being Sun safe by using protective sunscreens, wearing a hat and avoiding the sun between 10 am and 3pm are ways we can protect our skin from the sun. The Cancer Council of Australia shows us how to Check for Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer. Check with you doctor if you are concerned or make an appointment for a Skin Check if you see any changes in moles or spots.
When did you last have a Skin Check?
Part of aging is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and whilst many of us view these as natural a regular skincare routine can help to slow the aging process.
Hands up if you wear sunscreen every day
Keeping our pearly whites in good condition should include a visit to the dentist at least once or twice a year. Regular brushing is a must but did you know that if you don’t have a tooth brush handy, high-fibre fruits and vegetables can be the next best thing? Apparently, their high fibre content actually ‘scrubs’ the teeth similar to the way your toothbrush might and stimulates saliva production because of the extra chewing they require.
When was the last time you visited the dentist? Time to book an appointment?
We can also keep our bodies in top condition by eating a healthy diet with all the recommended daily intakes, drinking water and keeping hydrated plus exercising daily will all help to keep us in the B.E.S.T. care.