Women's Screening Checklist

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When detected early, many diseases can be cured or successfully managed. Your primary care physician can work with you to make sure you get the proper screenings. Primary care doctors include internists, family practice doctors, gynecologists and geriatricians.

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Screening Guidelines for Women Over Age 62

Disease/Illness Screening Test How Often
Heart Disease Blood Pressure Screening With every checkup, at least yearly
Cholesterol Screening Once every five years until age 75
Diabetes Fasting Plasma
Glucose Test
Once every three years
Thyroid TSH Blood Test Periodically as directed by your doctor
Colon Cancer Fecal Occult Blood Test Yearly
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) Every five years
Colonoscopy or Barium Enema
Every five years

Every five to 10 years
Vision Glaucoma Screening Yearly
Influenza Flu Shot Yearly
Pneumonia Vaccine Once at age 65
Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine Booster shot every 10 years
Breast Cancer Breast Self-Exam Monthly
Clinical Breast Exam Yearly by your doctor
Mammogram Every one to two years as directed by your doctor
Cervical Cancer Pap Smear Every one to three years as directed by your doctor
Osteoporosis Bone Mineral Density Scans Periodically after menopause

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