Women in Their 60s: Staying Strong and Healthy (Video)

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Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!

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Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, Director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health and Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health, is nationally known for her leadership in women's health.
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    These are great and actually simple tips provided by Dr. Thacker. To add to Dr. Thacker’s point about sun protection daily, against UVA and UVB rays – look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 (recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation – can obviously go up and some dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 30) – that will indicate that the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF is only a measure of protection against UVB rays. UVB rays can cause sunburns while UVA rays can cause skin aging.