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HEALTH EXPERTS FOCUS ON FULL SPECTRUM OF WOMEN'S HEALTH MONITORING

 HEALTH EXPERTS FOCUS ON FULL SPECTRUM OF WOMEN'S HEALTH MONITORING
 NEW YORK, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As lifespans and lifestyle options have increased, so has the spectrum of health issues confronting women today. This was the theme presented by a panel of experts at "A Test in Time," a forum on women's health monitoring presented here today by SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories.
 "When we talk about women's health we're no longer just referring to a woman's body as it relates to reproduction," said Phyllis Thornton, M.D., clinical assistant professor of Pathology, University of Southern California. Dr. Thornton stressed that women should evaluate health actions early in life to pave the way for a healthy future.
 Dr. Thornton moderated a panel of medical experts including Gail Slap, M.D., director, Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Marianne Prey, M.D., director of Cytology, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories; Richard C. Pasternak, M.D., director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital and William Rosner, M.D., chief of Endocrinology, Roosevelt Hospital. Representative Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) opened the seminar with a call to action for women to take greater responsibility for the future of their individual health.
 According to the medical experts, a woman's life can generally be categorized into four stages which take into account both chronological age and lifestyle.
 -- The Adolescent Years (approximately ages 13-19) -- a young woman can be profoundly influenced by the rapid physical and emotional changes she experiences at this time. Yet, this is also the time when she takes greater personal responsibility for her health.
 -- The Self-Development Years (approximately ages 20-45) -- a woman confronts a variety of choices both with regard to lifestyle and health. She confronts her genetic predisposition to disease and the need to manage her health and well-being while juggling the pressures of her varied interests.
 -- The Maturing Years (approximately ages 45-65) -- the cumulative effects of a woman's lifestyle may affect her health at this time. She encounters hormonal changes and may refocus health and lifestyle priorities.
 -- The Post-Menopausal Years (after age 65) -- a woman encounters the realities of aging during these years. Healthy living with regular exercise, weight control and nutritional balance can sustain an independent vital life through the aging process.
 The "Test in Time" seminar highlighted health conditions and screening or monitoring procedures useful in identifying, modifying and preventing serious health problems at each of these stages. Among the conditions discussed by the panel were sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
 SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, a unit of SmithKline Beecham, is the nation's leading clinical laboratory and a leader in women's health testing.
 A Test in Time
 A General Guide to Monitoring Overall Women's Health
 Provided by SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories
 ADOLESCENCE
 (approximate ages 13-19)
 -- Blood Pressure
 -- Complete Blood Count
 -- Breast Self-Exam (monthly)
 -- Breast Palpation
 -- Total cholesterol (may include HDL) every 5 yrs
 -- Pap Screen (starting at 18 yrs or at sexual activity)
 -- Pelvic Exam (starting at 18 yrs or at sexual activity)
 -- Urinalysis
 SELF-DEVELOPMENT
 (approximate ages 20-45)
 -- Blood Pressure
 -- Blood Chemistry
 -- Breast Self-Exam (monthly)
 -- Breast Palpation
 -- Mammography (baseline age 35; age 40 every 2 yrs)
 -- Total cholesterol (may include HDL)
 -- Pap Screen
 -- Pelvic Exam
 -- Urinalysis
 -- TSH (Thyroid)
 -- Electrocardiogram
 MATURING
 (approximate ages 45-65)
 -- Blood Pressure
 -- Blood Chemistry
 -- Breast Self-Exam (monthly)
 -- Breast Palpation
 -- Mammography
 -- Total cholesterol (may include Lipid Profile)
 -- Pap Screen
 -- Pelvic Exam
 -- Urinalysis
 -- TSH (Thyroid)
 -- Electrocardiogram
 -- Chest X-Ray
 POST-MENOPAUSE
 (approximate ages 65 +)
 -- Blood Pressure
 -- Blood Chemistry
 -- Breast Self-Exam (monthly)
 -- Breast Palpation
 -- Mammography
 -- Total cholesterol (may include Lipid Profile)
 -- Pap Screen
 -- Pelvic Exam
 -- Urinalysis
 -- TSH (Thyroid)
 -- Electrocardiogram
 -- Chest X-Ray
 Note: All tests listed are usually recommended by a physician annually unless otherwise noted; or if specific symptoms or risk factors for a disorder or disease are present or a physician recommends more or less frequent testing. Timing for first tests will vary dependent upon a variety of factors.
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 /CONTACT: Tobey Dichter of SmithKline Beecham, 215-962-7511, or Andrea Rothschild of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600, for SmithKline Beecham/ CO: SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA SU:


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