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Adult Health Guidelines For Women

These are general recommendations compiled by the Kelsey Research Foundation. Your care may vary depending on personal risk factors. Please consult your physician for specific medical advice.

Checkups: Women
Ages 18-39
Ages 40-49
Ages 50-64
Ages 65-74
Ages 75+
Preventive Visit
Every 3 years
Yearly, unless your physician recommends every 2 years
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Blood Pressure
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Weight
Every 1-3 years
Every 1-3
yearly
Every 1-3
yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Vision, Hearing
Discuss with your physician
Discuss with your physician
Discuss with your physician
Discuss with your physician
Discuss with your physician
Stool sample for blood
 
 
Yearly (not needed if you have had a colonoscopy within the last 10 years)
Yearly (not needed if you have had a colonoscopy within the last 10 years)
Yearly (not needed if you have had a colonoscopy within the last 10 years)
Colon exam
 
Based on family history
Colonoscopy every 10 years if first exam is negative.
Colonoscopy every 10 years if first exam is negative.
Colonoscopy every 10 years if first exam is negative.
Cholesterol Screening
Every 5 years
Every 5 years
Every 5 years
Every 5 years
Every 5 years
Blood sugar screening
Overweight patients with at least one other risk factor for pre-diabetes such as family history of diabetes
Patients 45 and older who are overweight
Discuss with physician; Offered yearly
Discuss with physician; Offered yearly
Discuss with physician; Offered yearly
Mammogram
Based on family history, mammograms may need to begin before age 40; discuss with your physician.
Yearly beginning at age 45 unless otherwise directed due to high-risk factors
Yearly up to age 54; age 55 and older should be screened Yearly up to age 54; age 55 and older should be screened every two years unless otherwise directed.
Every two years unless otherwise directed.
Screening for cancer after age 75 should be based on individual cancer risk and projected life expectancy. Discuss with your physician.
Pap Smear
Begin at age 21 and screen every 3 years.
Ages 30-64: After 3 or more consecutive normal paps or negative HPV, continue every 5 years
Ages 30-64: After 3 or more consecutive normal paps or negative HPV, continue every 5 years
 
Ages 30-64: After 3 or more consecutive normal paps or negative HPV, continue every 5 years
 
Ages 65+: Discuss with your physician
Pelvic Exam
Yearly
May be done annually at the discretion of the physician
May be done annually at the discretion of the physician
May be done annually at the discretion of the physician
May be done annually at the discretion of the physician
Clinical Breast Exam
Every 1-3 years
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Yearly
Breast Self Exam
There are benefits and limitations to breast self-exam. Discuss with your physician.
There are benefits and limitations to breast self-exam. Discuss with your physician.
There are benefits and limitations to breast self-exam. Discuss with your physician.
There are benefits and limitations to breast self-exam. Discuss with your physician.
There are benefits and limitations to breast self-exam. Discuss with your physician.
Bone Mineral Density
 
 
 
All females 65 and older
All females 65 and older
 
HIV Screening
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that one time screening for HIV infection should be performed routinely for patients aged 13-64 year in a primary care setting unless the patient declines. Repeat screening of persons not likely to be at high risk for HIV should be performed on the basis of clinical judgment.