Here are the screening tests that most women ages 50 to 64 need. A screening test is done to find possible health problems or diseases in people who don't have any symptoms. The goal is to find a disease early so lifestyle changes can be made and you can be watched more closely to lower the risk of disease, or to find it early enough to treat it most effectively. Screening tests are not diagnostic. But they are used to find out if more testing is needed. Health counseling is vital, too. You and your healthcare provider may decide that a different schedule is best for you. But this plan can guide your discussion.
Gender words are used here to talk about anatomy and health risk. Please use this information in a way that works best for you and your provider as you talk about your care.
Who needs it
Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
All adults starting at age 45 and adults without symptoms at any age who are overweight or obese and have 1 or more additional risk factors for diabetes
At least every 3 years
At routine exams
Yearly checkup if your blood pressure is normal.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg.
If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
Yearly mammogram should be done until age 54. At age 55, switch to mammograms every other year. Or you may choose to continue yearly mammograms.
All women, except those who have had a hysterectomy with removal of the cervix for reasons not related to cervical cancer and have no history of cervical cancer or serious precancer
Pap test every 3 years or Pap test with human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 5 years or primary HPV testing every 5 years, or Pap test with reflex HPV test every 3 years
Women at a higher risk for infection
At routine exams if at risk
All women of average risk in this age group
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS):
For tests that find polyps and cancer:
Colonoscopy every 10 years (recommended) or .
Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or
CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
For tests that primarily find cancer:
Yearly fecal occult blood test, or
Yearly fecal immunochemical test every year, or
Stool fecal immunochemical test with DNA test, every 3 years
You will need a follow-up colonoscopy if you choose any test other than a colonoscopy and you have an abnormal result. Screening recommendations vary among expert groups. Talk with your provider about which test is best for you.
Some people should be screened using a different schedule because of their personal or family history. Talk with your provider about your health history and what colorectal cancer screening schedule is best for you.
All adults in clinical practices that have staff and systems in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up
Sexually active women at a higher risk for infection
Adults at a higher risk; 1 time for those born between 1945 and 1965
High cholesterol and triglycerides
All women ages 45 and older at a higher risk for coronary artery disease
At least every 5 years
Women between the ages of 50 and 80 who are in fairly good health, are at higher risk for lung cancer, and who:
Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years, and
Have a 20-pack year history of smoking (1 pack/day for 20 years or 2 packs/day for 10 years)
Yearly lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT); talk with your healthcare provider about your risk and situation
Osteoporosis, postmenopausal women
Women at age 60 who are at a higher risk for fractures caused by osteoporosis
Check with your health care provider
Adults at a higher risk for infection
Check with your healthcare provider.
Check with your healthcare provider for exam frequency.
Breast cancer, chemoprevention
Women at high risk
When risk is identified
BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility
Women with a higher risk
Diet and exercise
Women who are overweight or obese
Sexually transmitted disease prevention
Tobacco use and tobacco-related disease
Alcohol use and alcohol-related disease