Beginning at age 50, all guidelines agree: mammograms should be done annually.
You know the drill: a Pap and HPV test every three to five years as recommended by your provider until age 65 if your results are normal. If you have a track record of normal results from both the Pap and HPV test, your provider will likely recommend a frequency of every five years.
Screening for osteoporosis is recommended for women of average risk beginning at age 65, but talk to your provider about starting earlier if you have had broken bones as an adult; you have a biological parent who has had a hip fracture; or if you smoke, drink excessively or are underweight. Also discuss screening frequency, which can vary from person to person.
Talk to your primary care provider about his or her recommendations for how often to be screened for colon cancer, which will depend on your risk factors, the type of screening tests you’ve had in the past and your past results.
We may be able to help with some of these when we see you. Otherwise, see your primary care provider for screening related to:
High blood pressure. Get your blood pressure tested every year. Optimal blood pressure in healthy women is less than 120/80.
Diabetes. Screening for diabetes is recommended if you are overweight or obese, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or have had diabetes during pregnancy.
Thyroid disease. Periodic screening is recommended for women beginning at age 45.
Cholesterol/lipids. Screening tests for high cholesterol are recommended periodically for all women, but may be done more frequently if you are overweight, obese or have other risk factors.
Yep, still. We can help with seasonal flu and Tdap if you’re in for a visit; otherwise, see your primary care provider for:
Seasonal flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.
Tdap vaccine (if you’ve never had one) or a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.
Shingles vaccine. Healthy adults aged 50 years and older should get a zoster vaccine to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.