Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

There are many of reasons females should feel empowered, and today is no exception. Monday, May 9, marks the start of a National Women’s Health Week, a weeklong national observance empowering women to make their health a top priority.

The theme, “It’s Your Time!” encourages women to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Women can live longer healthier lives through disease prevention, early detection, and lifestyle modifications.

Medicare is now helping to pay for more preventive services and screenings. Some of these include:

  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cancer Screenings
    • Breast (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)
    • Cervical and Vaginal (Pap Test and Pelvic Exam)
    • Colorectal
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screenings
  • Diabetes Screening
  • HIV Screening
  • Immunizations
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza
    • Pneumococcal
  •  Tobacco Use Cessation Counseling
  • Yearly Wellness Exam (New for 2011)

Note:  While coverage by Medicare is subject to certain eligibility criteria, many preventive services and screenings can now be received with no out-of-pocket costs to the beneficiary.

For more information, contact Beverly Gann, WHNP at Ozarks Community Hospital via phone (417) 837-4079 OR visit National Women’s Health Week or click here:  National Women’s Checkup Day.

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