Health screenings for women age 65 and older

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 age 65 and older.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

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

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

You should have an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if:

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

PHYSICAL EXAM

During the exam, your provider will ask questions about:

SKIN EXAM


Review Date: 4/19/2020
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. 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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