Are you due for a preventative screening?

Posted on May 11, 2011

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Every woman should make health a top priority. Scheduling a physical exam for yourself or your family is an important way to stay healthy. No matter your health, there are many benefits to meeting with your doctor. The purpose of having a regular check-up is to:

  • Screen for diseases

  • Assess risk of future medical problems

  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle

  • Update vaccinations

  • Maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness

How frequently you visit a doctor can depend on your age and current health status. Look below for a list of recommended preventative screenings.

 

Ages  19-39

Heart Health
Blood Pressure Test- At least every two years
Cholesterol Test- Start at age 20, discuss with your doctor or nurse

Diabetes
Blood Glucose/A1c Test- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Breast Health
Clinical Breast Exam- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Reproductive Health
Pap Smear-Every 2 years starting at age 21, Women 30 and older every 3 years
Pelvic Exam- Beginning yearly at age 21, younger than 21 and sexually active discuss with your doctor or nurse
Chlamydia test- Yearly until age 24 if sexually active. Age 25 and older, get this test if you have new or multiple partners
Sexually transmitted infection tests- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Ear and Eye health
Eye exam-discuss with your doctor or nurse
Hearing Screening-every 10 years

Oral Health
Dental and oral Cancer Exam- Routinely, discuss with your dentist

 

Ages  40-49

Heart Health
Blood Pressure Test- At least every two years
Cholesterol Test- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Diabetes
Blood Glucose/A1c Test- start at age 45, then every 3 years

Breast Health

Mammogram-every 1-2 years, discuss with your doctor or nurse
Clinical Breast Exam- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Reproductive Health
Pap Smear- every 3 years
Pelvic Exam- yearly
Chlamydia test- get this test if you have new or multiple partners
Sexually transmitted infection tests- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Ear and Eye health
Eye exam-get a baseline exam at age 40, then every 2 to 4 years or as your doctor advises
Hearing Screening-every 10 years

Oral Health
Dental and oral Cancer Exam- Routinely, discuss with your dentist

 

Ages  50-64

Heart Health
Blood Pressure Test- At least every two years
Cholesterol Test- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Diabetes
Blood Glucose/A1c Test- then every 3 years

Breast Health
Mammogram-every 1-2 years, discuss with your doctor or nurse
Clinical Breast Exam- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Reproductive Health
Pap Smear- every 3 years
Pelvic Exam- yearly
Chlamydia test- get this test if you have new or multiple partners
Sexually transmitted infection tests- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Ear and Eye health
Eye exam-every 2-4 years until age 55, then every 1-3 years until age 65, or as doctor advises
Hearing Screening-every 3 years

Oral Health
Dental and oral Cancer Exam- Routinely, discuss with your dentist

 

Ages  65 and older

Heart Health
Blood Pressure Test- At least every two years
Cholesterol Test- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Diabetes
Blood Glucose/A1c Test- then every 3 years

Breast Health
Mammogram-every 1-2 years, discuss with your doctor or nurse
Clinical Breast Exam- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Reproductive Health
Pap Smear- discuss with your doctor or nurse
Pelvic Exam- yearly
Chlamydia test- get this test if you have new or multiple partners
Sexually transmitted infection tests- discuss with your doctor or nurse

Ear and Eye health
Eye exam-every 1-2 years
Hearing Screening-every 3 years

Oral Health
Dental and oral Cancer Exam- Routinely, discuss with your dentist

 

If you need help finding a primary care provider, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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