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Women should take charge of their health

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Women are constantly on the go, and many think they are invincible.

Between children and other family and work engagements, moms said it is often hard to keep tabs on their own health.

From mammograms to pap smears, doctors said there are certain screenings that are crucial for women.

A colonoscopy picked up on Cynthia Trogisch's stage-three colon cancer.

The 61-year-old teacher had never been screened before.

I don't know we think we are invincible. I think I'm a fairly healthy person. I'm active I have a lot of energy and there were no symptoms,” she said.

Health experts recommend that most women start screening for colon cancer at the age of 50.

“It doesn't necessarily need to be a colonoscopy. So there's other ways to screen for colon cancer,” said Dr. Natasha Withers, of One Medical Group.

There's been debate about when to start mammograms, but many groups including the American Cancer Society say women at average risk for breast cancer should get one every year starting at age 40.

Doctors said knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk is key for preventing heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.

“I think the importance of knowing is just being familiar with your health and sort of being in charge of your health and being a partner with your doctor and making sure you're making healthy choices,” Withers said.

One of the first screenings women should have starting at age 21 are pap smears. Under 30, a pap test is recommended every three years.

“Over the age of 30 we are actually recommending a pap smear every five years as long as you've had a pap smear in addition to human papilloma testing,” Withers said.

Since her diagnosis, Trogisch said she pushes regular screening with everyone she knows.

“The more we speak to each other openly the more we are going to save lives,” she said, adding that it saved her life and now she is cancer free.

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