Health screenings for women ages 40 to 64

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 ages 40 to 64.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

BREAST CANCER SCREENING

CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

Cervical cancer screening should start at age 21. After the first test:

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

If you are under age 50, talk to your provider about getting screened. You should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Screening may also be considered if you have risk factors such as a history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.

If you are age 50 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening tests available:

You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as:

DENTAL EXAM

DIABETES SCREENING

EYE EXAM

IMMUNIZATIONS

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

You should have an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if all of the following are present:

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

PHYSICAL EXAM

During your exam, your provider may ask you 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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