5 For Life - Frequently Asked Questions
The 5 for Life educational campaign was created to help women understand the importance of making time for their own health. The program is designed to provide women with access to all the tests in one place, on one day. It also allows women one-on-one consultation with physicians and time with health educators to answer important questions about their health.
The following tests are offered as part of the Five for Life program. In addition, participants receive breakfast, a chair massage, and one-on-one consultation with multiple health care provides.
- Heart Smarts - Eighty percent of heart disease can be prevented with proper lifestyle modifications including proper diet, exercise and smoking cessation.
- Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
- Good Cholesterol (HDL)
- Blood Sugar
- Blood Pressure
- The Power of the Pap Test — Starting three years after becoming sexually active, or by age 21, women need an annual pap test to detect cervical cancer. After age 30, a pap test may be done every 2-3 years at a physicians recommendation.
- Pap Test
- The Benefit of Mammograms — Women aged 40 and older should get a mammogram every one to two years and women older than 50 should have annual mammograms. If there is a history of breast cancer in her family, a woman should get her first mammogram 10 years before her relative was diagnosed.
- Breast Exam
- Skin Sense and Sensibility - In addition to an annual skin exam, every woman should do monthly self exams using a hand mirror to check for new moles on fingernails, the bottom of your feet and toes and underarms. The earlier you start doing this, the better you will know your skin.
- Comprehensive Skin Exam
- The Katie Couric Test — In March 2000, Katie Couric underwent a colonoscopy on national television, helping women realize that colon cancer is not just a man’s disease. A colonoscopy can help find precancerous and cancerous growths in the intestine, helping to prevent colon cancer.
- Colonoscopy (to be scheduled for a later date)
- Bone Tone (Midvale location only) — As we age, the threat of bone fractures and osteoporosis become real. DEXAScan measures bone density and helps predict potential for fractures and osteoporosis. Generally, women over 50 should get a DEXA-Scan, although it’s good for those in their 40’s to have a baseline scan for future comparison.
We accept most insurances but you are strongly encourage to contact your insurance provider to verify that this visit will be covered under your benefit plan.