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Women’s Health Screenings through the Decades

We get it – no one loves getting their annual exams, but they’re an important part of being healthy. Find a physician to make your appointment, take a day off to get your exams and download our checklist to make sure you get all your screenings checked off for the year.

Lifelong Exams

  • Hearing and vision exam: Hearing and vision change over time – see a doctor to check them every year.
  • Dental care: Keep your smile clean and healthy by visiting the dentist every six months.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) check: Discuss with your physician how often you should be screened for STDs.
  • Blood pressure check: Make sure to get your blood pressure checked every year.
  • Oral health and cancer: You should get a mouth and throat exam every year.
  • Breast health and cancer screening: Get this health and cancer screening every year. And don’t neglect to talk to your doctor if you have a family history of cancer.
  • Self-Exams: Every month, you should check for abnormalities and discuss any findings with your physician.
    • Breast: Check for abnormal lumps.
    • Skin: Check for signs of changing moles, freckles or sunspots.


In Your 20s and 30s

  • Health maintenance exam: Establish this healthy habit in your 20s and 30s by getting this exam every three years. Your doctor will review your overall health status by completing a physical exam, lab test recommendations as indicated, lifestyle habits, review immunization status, depression screening and domestic violence screening.
  • Reproductive health and cervical cancer screening: Start getting this screening at 21, and then every three years or every five if your pap smear is combined with HPV testing.
  • Blood and urine tests: Screen for cholesterol levels, diabetes, kidney and thyroid problems by getting this test every three years.
  • EKG: You should get your first EKG at 30 to monitor your heart rhythm to check for any problems.


In Your 40s

  • Bone Mineral Density Test: You should start getting this test when you’re postmenopausal to screen for bone loss.
  • Mammogram: Make sure to get this preventative breast cancer screening every year.
  • Colonoscopy: Start screening for colon cancer when you turn 50, or 45 if you’re Black or African American, and continue to get it every 10 years.

 Screenings to keep up with:

  • Healthy maintenance exam: Keep getting this every two years.
  • Blood and urine test: You should get this every two years.
  • EKG: You should get an EKG every four years.


In Your 50s, 60s and 70s

  • Lung cancer screening: If you smoked a pack or more for 30 years and quit within the last 15 years, talk with your physician about getting this screening.

Screenings to keep up with:

  • Health maintenance exam: You should start getting this every year, instead of the every-three-year habit you started in your 20s or 30s.
  • Blood and urine tests: You should get this test every year.
  • Bone Mineral Density Test: Talk with your physician about how often you should get this test.
  • Mammogram: Keep getting a mammogram every year.
  • Colonoscopy: You should get a colonoscopy every 10 years.


Find a doctor to help you navigate all the necessary screenings!