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Health Screening Guidelines, Women Ages 50 to 64

Screening tests and health counseling are a key part of managing your health. A screening test is done to find disorders or diseases in people who don't have any symptoms. Screening tests are not used to diagnose. They are used to find out if more testing is needed. The goal may be to find a disease early so it can be treated with more success. Or the goal may be to find a disease early so you can make lifestyle changes. You may need regular checkups to help you reduce your risk of disease.

Below are guidelines for women ages 50 to 64. Talk with your healthcare provider. Make sure you’re up-to-date on what you need.

Gendered terms 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.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes

All women in this age group who are overweight or obese, or had gestational diabetes

At least every 3 years

Type 2 diabetes

All women with prediabetes

Every year

Unhealthy alcohol use

All women in this age group

At routine exams

Blood pressure

All women in this age group

Once a year if your blood pressure is normal. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. If your blood pressure is higher than this, follow the advice of your healthcare provider.

Breast cancer

All women in this age group at average risk

Advice varies. Talk with your provider to find out what's best for you.

All women should know how their breasts normally look and feel. They should know the benefits and risks of breast cancer screening with mammograms.

Cervical cancer

All women in this age group, unless they have had a complete hysterectomy

Pap test every 3 years or Pap test with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) test every 5 years

Chlamydia

Women who are sexually active and at higher risk of infection

At yearly routine exams

Colorectal cancer

All women in this age group at average risk

Talk with your healthcare provider about which test below is right for you:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years

  • Yearly fecal occult blood test

  • Yearly fecal immunochemical test (FIT)

  • Stool DNA test every 3 years

  • Double contrast barium enema every 5 years

If you have a test that is not a colonoscopy and have an abnormal test result, you will need a colonoscopy.

You may need to be screened more or less often. This is based on personal or family health history. Talk with your healthcare provider.

Depression

All women in this age group

At routine exams

Gonorrhea

Sexually active women who are at higher risk of infection

At yearly routine exams

Hepatitis C

All women in this age group

At routine exams

High cholesterol or triglycerides

All women in this age group who are at risk for coronary artery disease

At least every 5 years. Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk.

HIV

All women in this age group

At least 1 time. Get tested yearly if you're at high risk.

Lung cancer

All women in this age group who are in fairly good health, are at higher risk for lung cancer, and who:

 

  • Smoke or quit in the past 15 years

  • Have a 20-pack- per year smoking history (1 pack a day for 20 years or 2 packs a day for 10 years)

 

Expert groups vary in their advice. Talk with your healthcare provider.

Yearly lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT). Talk with your healthcare provider.

Obesity

All women in this age group

At yearly routine exams

Osteoporosis

Women who are postmenopausal

Talk with your healthcare provider

Syphilis

Women who are at higher risk of infection. Talk with your healthcare provider.

At routine exams

Tuberculosis

Women who are at higher risk of infection

Talk with your healthcare provider

Vision

All women in this age group

Talk with your healthcare provider

Health counseling

Who needs it

How often

BRCA gene mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility

Women who are at higher risk of having this gene mutation. Talk with your healthcare provider.

When your risk is known

Breast cancer and chemoprevention

Women who are at high risk for breast cancer. Talk with your healthcare provider.

When your risk is known

Diet and exercise

Women who are overweight or obese

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention

Women who are at higher risk of infection. Talk with your healthcare provider.

At routine exams

Use of daily aspirin

All women in this age group who are at high risk for cardiovascular problems and not at a higher risk for bleeding. Talk with your healthcare provider.

At routine exams, talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits for you.

Use of tobacco and the health effects it can cause

All women in this age group

Every exam

Online Medical Reviewer: Amy Finke RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2022
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