Important Screening Tests for Women

 

Screening tests

Screening tests Ages 18–39 Ages 40–49 Ages 50–64 Ages 65 and older
Blood pressure test Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Bone mineral density test
(osteoporosis screening)
Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk of osteoporosis. Get this test at least once at age 65 or older.Talk to your doctor or nurse about repeat testing.
Breast cancer screening
(mammogram)
Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Starting at age 50, get screened every 2 years. Get screened every 2 years through age 74.Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.
Cervical cancer screening
(Pap test)
Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a cervix.If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years. Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix. Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix. Ask your doctor or nurse if you need to get a Pap test.
Chlamydia test Get tested for chlamydia yearly through age 24 if you are sexually active or pregnant.Age 25 and older, get tested for chlamydia if you are at increased risk, pregnant or not pregnant. Get tested for chlamydia if you are sexually active and atincreased risk, pregnant or not pregnant. Get tested for chlamydia if you are sexually active and atincreased risk. Get tested for chlamydia if you are sexually active and atincreased risk.
Cholesterol test Starting at age 20, get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested. Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested. Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested. Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
Colorectal cancer screening
(using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy)
Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer.Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it. Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.
Gonorrhea test Get tested for gonorrhea if you are sexually active and atincreased risk, pregnant or not pregnant. Get tested for gonorrhea if you are sexually active and atincreased risk, pregnant or not pregnant. Get tested for gonorrhea if you are sexually active and atincreased risk. Get tested for gonorrhea if you are sexually active and atincreased risk.
HIV test Get tested for HIV at least once.Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse because you may need more frequent tests.

All pregnant women need to be tested for HIV.

Get tested for HIV at least once.Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse because you may need more frequent tests.

All pregnant women need to be tested for HIV.

Get tested for HIV at least once.Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse because you may need more frequent tests. Get tested for HIV at least once if you are age 65 and have never been tested.Get tested if you are at increasedrisk for HIV.

Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse.

Syphilis test Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk or pregnant. Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk or pregnant. Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk. Get tested for syphilis if you are atincreased risk.

 

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