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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: WomenAges 18-39Ages 40-49Ages 50-64Ages 65-74Ages 75+
Preventive VisitEvery 3 yearsYearly, unless your physician recommends every 2 yearsYearlyYearlyYearly
Blood PressureYearlyYearlyYearlyYearlyYearly
WeightEvery 1-3 yearsEvery 1-3
yearly
Every 1-3
yearly
YearlyYearly
Vision, HearingDiscuss with your physicianDiscuss with your physicianDiscuss with your physicianDiscuss with your physicianDiscuss 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 historyColonoscopy 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 ScreeningEvery 5 yearsEvery 5 yearsEvery 5 yearsEvery 5 yearsEvery 5 years
Blood sugar screeningOverweight patients with at least one other risk factor for pre-diabetes such as family history of diabetesPatients 45 and older who are overweightDiscuss with physician; Offered yearlyDiscuss with physician; Offered yearlyDiscuss with physician; Offered yearly
MammogramBased 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 factorsYearly 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 SmearBegin 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 ExamYearlyMay be done annually at the discretion of the physicianMay be done annually at the discretion of the physicianMay be done annually at the discretion of the physicianMay be done annually at the discretion of the physician
Clinical Breast ExamEvery 1-3 yearsYearlyYearlyYearlyYearly
Breast Self ExamThere 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 olderAll 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.

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