Health Screening Guidelines for Women

These tests and screenings guidelines are recommendations for healthy adults free of symptoms and with no risk factors. If you have a medical condition or have risk factors association with a condition or disease, your healthcare provider may recommend an altered schedule of screenings. 

Test Name   Tests For  Age 18-39 Age 40+ 
Blood Pressure High blood pressure  At least once a year At least once a year 
Cholesterol  High cholesterol  At age 20, start screening every five years  Every five years if previous test was normal 
Colorectal Cancer  Colon or Rectal Cancer    At age 50, start colonoscopy screening every 10 years or
High Sensitivity Stool Occult Blood Testing annually or
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy every five years  
Diabetes   High blood sugar Begin before age 45 if overweight or other risk factors  At age 45, start screening every three years 
Sexually Transmitted Disease HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Herpes  Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk and need to be screened  Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk and need to be screened 
Dental  Oral health  Annually  Annually  
 Eye Vision Every one to two years as needed Every one to two years as needed 
 Hearing Hearing  Every one to two years as needed Every one to two years as needed 


Health Screening Guidelines for Women
Keep in mind these are guidelines only. Your healthcare provider will personalize the timing of the screening tests you need based on many factors. Ask your healthcare provider if you don’t understand why a certain test is recommended for you. Check with your insurance plan to find out which tests are covered.

 Test Name Tests For   Frequency
Clinical Breast Exam   Annually for women ages 40 and over 
Mammogram Annually for women ages 40 and over
Breast Self-Exams   Monthly for women ages 20 and over 
 Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Smear)   For women ages 21 to 65, or starting three years after onset of sexual activity.
Up to age 30 - Annual Pap test without HPV test;
Age 30 and over - Pap test with HPV test every three years 
 Bone Density   For women ages 65 and over, or starting at menopause if additional risk factors exist, baseline testing with follow-up interval based on test results

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Adapted: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and HealthFinder.gov



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