Women's Health

Staying on top of your health ensures physical and emotional well-being.

We offer a comprehensive scope of services for women of all ages. The skilled physicians and nurses at KCH provide excellent care right here in our community.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.


Recommended Preventive Screening Tests

Blood pressure test

Bone mineral density test (osteoporosis screening)

Breast cancer screening (mammogram)

Cervical cancer screening (Pap test)

Cholesterol test

Colorectal cancer screening

Diabetes screening


Blood pressure test

  • Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).
  • Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.
  • Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Bone mineral density test (osteoporosis screening)

  • Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you over the age of 50 and/or if are at risk of osteoporosis.
  • Get this test at least once at age 65 or older. Talk to your doctor or nurse about repeat testing.

Breast cancer screening (mammogram)

  • Begin a discussion with your doctor or nurse after the age of 40.
  • Starting at age 50, get screened every 2 years. Get screened every 2 years through age 74.
  • Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Cervical cancer screening (Pap test)

  • Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a cervix.
  • If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years. Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix.
  • After the age of 65 ask your doctor or nurse if you need to get a Pap test.

Cholesterol test

  • Starting at age 20, get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
  • If you are age 40-65+ get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Colorectal cancer screening (using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy)

  • Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.

Diabetes screening

  • Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.

Source: http://womenshealth.gov