Health Screening Tests for Women by Age

Ladies, here's a New Year's Resolution for you: get tested. Why? Because your risk of certain diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, increases with age—and many of the scarier diseases are symptomless. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Early detection makes a difference. Consider these stats to screen for these common diseases. (If you have a family history of a certain disease, ask your physician if you should screen earlier.)

Age 20

  • Test: Blood Pressure
  • Frequency: Every two years, if blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or below; more frequently if either number is higher
  • To Keep Tabs On: Heart Health

Age 20s-30s

  • Test: Clinical breast exam by a physician
  • Frequency: Every three years
  • To Keep Tabs On: Breast Cancer

Age 30-65

  • Test: Pap Test
  • Frequency: Every five years
  • To Keep Tabs On: Cervical Cancer

Age 40

  • Test: Mammogram
  • Frequency: Every year
  • To Keep Tabs On: Breast Cancer

Age 45

  • Test: Blood Glucose
  • Frequency: Every three years
  • To Keep Tabs On: Prediabetes or diabetes

Age 50

  • Test: Physical Exam including Height Measurement
  • Frequency: Every Year
  • To Keep Tabs On: Osteoporosis

Age 50

  • Test: Colonoscopy
  • Frequency: Every ten years
  • To Keep Tabs On: Colon Cancer


Article from January/February 2016 Living Healthy Everyday Magazine. Download your copy here. It's free!

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