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Preventive Health

Women in their 40s or 50s may need to see their health care professional more often.  If you have a family history of medical problems, you may also need to seek specialized care in addition to regular exams.

This is just a guideline of screenings and tests you may need at this point in your life.  Check with your doctor if you have any questions and to see what they recommend. 

  • Pap Test:  If you have had three or more normal test results, speak with your doctor to see if you can start having the exam every two or three years instead.
  • Clinical Beast Exam:  You should begin having this exam every year if you are in your 50s.  A self breast exam once in a month is also very important to a woman's health.
  • Mammography:  In your late 40s or early 50s, you should be screened for breast cancer with a mammography test every year.
  • Blood Pressure:  Your blood pressure should be checked for high blood pressure every one to two years.
  • Cholesterol:  Testing for cholesterol should be done every five years unless you have a family history that would put you at risk for high cholesterol.  Talk with your doctor about good and bad cholesterol and ask how often they recommend you be tested.
  • Thyroid Test:  Talk to your doctor about when you should have a thyroid screening.  They will determine if you should go in for a screening or wait based on your family medical history.
  • Diabetes Blood Sugar Test:  When you should get tested varies.  Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have a diabetes blood sugar test.
  • Skin Exam for Skin Cancer:  You should begin having your skin examined by a dermatologist every year.  Ask your health care professional for when you should begin and how to do a monthly mole self-exam.
  • Dental Exam:  Your oral health is just as important.  Visit the dentist regularly and scheduling regular checkups every six months.
  • Complete Eye Exam:  You should receive a complete eye exam every to two four years.

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus:  You should receive a tetanus booster every 10 years.
  • Influenza:  Discuss having a yearly influenza vaccine with your health care provider.
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