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Health screening - women - age 40 - 64

Definition

All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

  • Screen for diseases
  • Assess risk of future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Maintain a relationship with a health care provider in case of an illness

Alternative Names

Health maintenance visit - women - age 40 - 64; Physical exam - women - age 40 - 64; Yearly exam - women - age 40 - 64; Checkup - women - age 40 - 64; Women’s health - age 40 - 64

Information

Even if you feel fine, it is still important to see your health care provider regularly to check for potential problems. Most people who have high blood pressure don't even know it. The only way to find out is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Likewise, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels often do not produce any symptoms until the disease becomes advanced.

There are specific times when you should see your health care provider. Age-specific guidelines are as follows:

  • Blood pressure screening:
  • Cholesterol screening:
  • Diabetes screening:
  • Colon cancer screening: People between the ages of 50 and 75 should be screened for colorectal cancer. This may involve:
  • Dental exam:
  • Eye exam:
  • Immunizations:
  • Physical exam:
  • Breast exams:
  • Mammograms:
  • Osteoporosis screening:
  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear:

References

Atkins D, Barton M. The periodic health examination. In:Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 14.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, September 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Cervical cytology screening. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 109. . 2009; 114:1409-1420.

Smith RA, Cokkinides V, Brawley OW. Cancer screening in theUnited States, 2012. A Review of Current American Cancer Society Guidelines and Issues in Cancer Screening. . 2012;62:129-142.

Mosca L, Benjamin EJ, Berra K, Bezanson JL, Dolor RJ,Lloyd-Jones DM, et al. Effectiveness-based guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women--2011 update: A guideline from the American Heart Association. ; 2011;123(11):1243-1262.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended adult immunization schedule -- United States, 2012. 2012;61(4):1=7.

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