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Women’s Medical Screenings

Women’s Medical Screenings

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Getting screened is one of the top health goals for everyone. The following recommendations are for normal-risk adults. People at increased risk may need earlier or more frequent screenings based on their health care provider’s advice. Early detection of a condition can make it easier to treat and help prevent complications such as serious illness or disability.

Screening for Everyone

Test/Exam When Needed
Blood Pressure Every health care visit or at least every 2 years.
Cholesterol Starting at 20 and every 5 years or as advised.
Colorectal Cancer Starting at 50 or as advised.
Dental, EyeHearing As advised.
Blood Sugar Starting at 45 and every 3 years or as advised.
Skin Cancer As advised.
Weight Body Mass Index (BMI) Goal: 18.5-24.9
Waist Measure Goal:
Below 35 inches (women)
Below 40 inches (men)

As advised: Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms or special risks, such as family history, for these conditions.

Screening for Women Only
Test/Exam When Needed
Breast Cancer Every year beginning at 45 or as advised.
Cervical Cancer Starting at 21 or as advised.
Osteoporosis At 65 or earlier as advised.

Talk to your health care provider about unusual symptoms and other health concerns not listed, such as sexually transmitted infections, HIV, depression and anxiety. Be a partner in your health care.

Screening for Men Only
Test/Exam When Needed
Prostate Cancer Starting at 50 or as advised.

Talk to your health care provider about unusual symptoms and other health concerns not listed, such as sexually transmitted infections, HIV, depression and anxiety. Be a partner in your health care.

As advised: Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms or personal risks, such as family history, for these conditions.

Sources: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, National Osteoporosis Foundation, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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