Happy Mothers' Day
As a mom, it's my pleasure to remind you that it's Mothers' Day this Sunday,
so please call your mom --or even better, go visit. But this time, when you
ask Mom how she's doing, really listen and don't just settle for "Oh fine."
This is the woman who took you for all your vaccines, lost sleep when you were
ill, and lost even more sleep when she wasn't sure. But when was the last time
you sincerely asked your mom about her health?
For starters, when was the last time your mother had a general check-up? Many
women neglect their annual Pap smears and pelvic exams after they've finished
having children or gone through "the change"; is your mom one of them? May
is also Osteoporosis Prevention Month. Has your mom been tested for this condition
that puts women at greatly increased risk of fractures?
Most women fear breast cancer more than any other disease, yet neglect to have
their annual mammograms after age 50. When was the last time your mom had hers?
And while breast cancer is the most feared disease for women, colon cancer is
actually responsible for many more deaths in women per year. Even moms who
are up-to-date on their mammograms may not realize that they should be screened
for colon cancer on a regular basis as well.
Heart disease is the number one killer of all women in our country and there
are many risk factors. Do you know when your mom last had her blood pressure,
blood sugar, or cholesterol checked? Has she had a cardiogram recently? Do
you know if she's discussed preventive strategies with her doctor?
mom you want to know about her health status because you care. . .and because
you want her around for many more Mothers' Days.
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Created: 5/11/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.