Recommended Health Screenings for Women

Health Screening Tests

Ages 18-39

Ages 40-49

Ages 50-64

Ages 65 & Older

General

Full checkup, including weight and height

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Thyroid test (TSH)

Start at age 35, then every 5 years.

Every 5 years.

Every 5 years.

Every 5 years.

Heart

Blood Pressure Test

At least every 2 years.

At least every 2 years.

At least every 2 years.

At least every 2 years.

Cholesterol Test

Start at age 20, then discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Bone

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Test

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Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Get a bone mineral density test at least once; talk to a health care professional about repeat testing.

Diabetes

Blood Glucose Test

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Every 3 years.

Every 3 years.

Breast

Mammogram (X-Ray of Breast)

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Every 1-2 years; discuss with a health care professional.

Every 1-2 years; discuss with a health care professional.

Every 1-2 years; discuss with a health care professional.

Clinical Breast Exam

At least every 3 years starting in her 20s.

Yearly.

Yearly.

Yearly.

Reproduction

Pap Test

Every 1-3 years if she has been sexually active or is older than 20.

Every 1-3 years.

Every 1-3 years.

Every 1-3 years.

Pelvic Exam

Yearly.

Yearly.

Yearly.

Yearly.

Chlamydia Test

Yearly until age 25 if sexually active; older than age 26, get this test if she has new or multiple partners.

If she has new or multiple partners.

If she has new or multiple partners.

If she has new or multiple partners.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Tests

Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.

Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.

Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.

Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.

Mental Health

Mental Health Screening

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Discuss with a health care professional.

Colorectal (use 1 of these 3 methods

Fecal Occult Blood Test

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Yearly.

Yearly; if older than age 75, discuss with a health care professional.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (With Fecal Occult Blood Test)

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Every 5 years.

Every 5 years; if older than age 75, discuss with a health care professional.

Colonoscopy

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Every 10 years.

Every 10 years; if older than age 75, discuss with a health care professional.

Eye and Ear

Complete Eye Exam

At least once between ages 20 and 29 and at least twice between ages 30 and 39, or any time that she has eye problems.

At age 40, then every 2-4 years or as the health care professional advises.

Every 2-4 years or as the health care professional advises.

Every 1-2 years.

Hearing Test

Starting at age 18, then every 10 years.

Every 10 years.

Every 3 years.

Every 3 years.

Skin

Mole Exam

Monthly mole self-exam; by a health care professional as part of a routine full checkup starting at age 20.

Monthly mole self-exam; by a health care professional as part of a routine full checkup.

Monthly mole self-exam; by a health care professional as part of a routine full checkup.

Monthly mole self-exam; by a health care professional as part of a routine full checkup.

Oral

Dental Exam

Routinely; discuss with dentist.

Routinely; discuss with dentist.

Routinely; discuss with dentist.

Routinely; discuss with dentist.