Stone County Hospital




SCH Celebrates Mothers Matter: A Focus on Women’s Health
featuring Grace Ford, FNP-BC

In honor of Mothers’ Day, we are turning the spotlight on women’s health and things you can do at any age to embrace better health. Family Nurse Practitioner Grace Ford (FNP-BC) encourages women of all ages to make time for regular wellness checkups. Often, mothers are quick to put their children’s needs first and forget to focus on their own health until something drastic happens.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most private health plans cover “well-woman visits” and preventative care treatments, which eliminates out of pocket costs to you.

Here’s a snapshot guide to better women’s health at every age:

In Your 30s & 40s:

  •   Get your blood pressure checked.
  •   Get tested for diabetes if blood pressure is higher than 135/80.
  •   Get your cholesterol checked if you have a family history of heart problems.
  •   Talk to your doctor about any family history of cancer.
  •   Schedule your annual gynecological exam.
  •   Perform monthly self breast exams.
  •   Talk to your doctor if you are considering having children in the next year.

In Your 50s & 60s:

  • Ask about daily aspirin use.
  • Talk to your doctor about menopause symptoms.
  • Ask for a lung cancer screening if you are a current or past smoker.
  • Get a seasonal flu shot.
  • Get a mammogram every other year.
  • Get screened for colon cancer.
  • Talk with your doctor about an exercise program that is appropriate for your age.

In Your 70s:

  • Talk to your doctor about osteoporosis screening.
  • Talk to your doctor about any hearing or vision problems.
  • Get a pneumonia shot.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent falls.