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What health conditions are common in your 20s?

By July 31, 2014 - 6:15pm
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I am in my mid 20s, but am afraid about discovering that I have cancer or another health condition. What is common to find while in your 20s? What health conditions should I watch for or be checked for? 

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Hi Kelly

Thanks for your question! 

Your 20s are a great time to focus on your good health! Try not to worry about what may happen. 

Fortunately, there are no real health concerns for people in their 20s. Cancer, heart disease, arthritis and the like usually concern older people although younger people are not immune to these conditions of course. 

However, there are some issues that people in their 20s should be concerned about. 

One is about their sexual health and keeping their bodies free of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. HIV diagnoses are still happening every day. Gay young men are seeing their diagnoses on the rise as well as straight men and women. HIV can be avoided by not taking intravenous drugs and having safe sex and sex with one partner only. 

HPV is the virus that causes most kinds of cervical cancer. The vaccine for this is available for women up to age 26. 

Women should be very picky about their sexual partners and always, always use a condom until both parties have been checked out for STI's. 

Read more about HPV and the vaccine here: 


There are many more STI's to worry about so careful screening and safe sex are important. 

Mental health screening is also important in your 20s. Schizophrenia often attacks people in their later teens and 20s. Younger people are not immune to depression either. If you feel you may have depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, talk to your doctor.

Sunscreen - skin cancer is really on the rise for  20-somethings. Don't bake in the sun and always wear sun protection (Factor 30 and above) . 

Your 20s is a great time to practice preventative care. Eat well, exercise often and focus on keeping your body in good condition. Don;t do drugs, smoke or drink to excess. Practice good hygiene, get good sleep and know your family health history. This way you will set yourself up for far better health in later life! 

Has this helped you, Kelly?



August 1, 2014 - 5:06am
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