Health screenings for women over age 65

Definition

You should visit your health care provider from time to time, even if you are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

Information

Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.

There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for women over age 65.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREEN

Until age 75, you should have screening for colorectal cancer on a regular basis.  If you are age 76 or older, you should ask your doctor if you should receive screening. Several tests are available for colorectal cancer screening: 

You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colon cancer, including:

DENTAL EXAM

DIABETES SCREENING

EYE EXAM

HEARING TEST

IMMUNIZATIONS

PHYSICAL EXAM

During the exam, your provider will ask questions about:

BREAST EXAMS

MAMMOGRAM

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

PELVIC EXAM AND PAP SMEAR

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults until age 80 who:


Review Date: 5/12/2018
Reviewed By: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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