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May is National Women's Health Month

Woman getting a medical examination

May is National Women's Health Month

By Health Promotion Disease Prevention Committee
Friday, May 16, 2014

May is National Women's Health Month - a month to urge women to take simple steps for living a longer, healthier and happier life. Truman VA is committed to honor and care for women Veterans and encourages all women Veterans to contact their VA Primary Care Provider to discuss their health care needs. 

Women's Health Month is a time dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our women Veterans. When women take even the smallest steps to improve their health, the results can be major. One important step all women should take is to discuss their medical history with their VA Primary Care Provider. “It is important for our women Veterans to take an active role in improving their health,” said Cindy Stivers, Truman VA’s Women Veterans Program Manager. “One way to do this is by getting regular medical exams and screening tests.” 

Listed below are common screening tests to include in the discussion with your provider. Each of these tests is critical for identifying problems early, to provide women Veterans the best chance of successful treatment.

• Pap Smear
• Mammography
• Colonoscopy
• Blood Pressure Check
• Cholesterol Screening
• Colorectal Screening
• Physical Check-ups
• HIV and other testing for sexually transmitted diseases
• Bone Mineral Density screening
• Eye, ear and dental exams
• A1C (blood glucose) test
• Immunizations

The Women Veterans Health Care Services Program guarantees that all eligible female Veterans have access to VA benefits and services. For more information, contact Truman VA a 573-814-6457 or visit us online at www.columbiamo.va.gov.

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