Preventive Screening Guidelines for Women!

Preventive Screening Guidelines for Women!

by Posted on: July 18, 2012Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

Prevention is key to living well. Getting regular check-ups and preventive screening tests are among the most important things you can do for yourself. Unfortunately, not all experts are in agreement about exactly which tests are required and how often they should be done. The following table offers a reasonable summary of current advice. Take time to review these guidelines for screening tests. Use the chart below to remind yourself of when you need to see your doctor based on your personal health profile. Make an appointment today!


Test Frequency
Blood Pressure Measurement Every one to two years
Breast Exams Annual exam by a physician. physician – after age 40.  Less frequent exams may suffice for younger women.  Some still recommend monthly self examination even though evidence of its effectiveness is lacking.
Mammography Every one to two years after age 40; see your doctor for your personal risk needs assessment
Cholesterol Levels Every five years after age 18
Pelvic Exams/Pap Smears Every one to three years after age 18, or when sexually active
Rectal Exams Annually after age 50; earlier if you have inflammatory bowel disease or a first-degree relative with colon cancer
Blood Sugar Levels Varies depending on family history and risk factors for diabetes
Skin Exams Annual mole checks; check yourself periodically for suspicious growths or changes.
Dental Exams Twice a year for checkup and cleaning
HIV Test If you had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985; have injected illegal drugs, had multiple sex partners, or had sex with a man who had sex with a man.
Tests for Sexually Transmitted Disease If you have had multiple sexual partners or any sexually transmitted disease; recommended for all pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
Eye Exams Every one to two years; yearly if you have diabetes or a family history of eye diseases


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