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Which Exam and When?

June 22, 1998

Teens and 20s

Pelvic Exam and Pap Test: At age 18 or when sexually active

Blood Pressure Test: At least every two years

Skin Exam: Every three years

Cholesterol Test: Every five years

Breast Exam: Every three years by doctor; self-exam monthly

STD Test: Consult physician

Dental Exam: Regularly

30s and 40s

Mammogram: After age 40, annually or every other year/conflicting opinions

Diabetes Test: Every three years if older than 40 and overweight

Prenatal Tests: If pregnant, consult physician and schedule as soon as possible

Skin Exam: Annually after age 40

Pelvic Exam: Annually

Pap Test: At least every 3 years

Rectal Exam: Annually after age 40

Cholesterol Test: Levels often increase sharply between 40 and 60. Consult doctor.

Dental Exam: Regularly

50s and 60s

Heart Disease Screening: Annually or every other year/conflicting opinions

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Annually or every other year/conflicting opinions

Mammogram: Annually or every other year/conflicting opinions

Pelvic Exam and Pap Test: Regularly; 60% of cervical cancers are diagnosed at this age

Hearing Test: Immediately, if you suspect hearing loss

Bone Density Exam: Consult doctor

Eye Exam: Every one to two years

70s and Older

Heart Disease Screening: Annually

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Annually

Mammogram: Annually

Skin Exam: Annually

Bone Density Exam: Consult doctor

Pelvic Exam and Pap Test: Annually

Hearing Test: Consult audiologist, if necessary

Vaccinations: Tetanus every 10 years; pneumonia one-time; influenza annually

Eye Exam: Every two years; annually if diabetic

Dental Exam: Regularly

This information is taken from Scientific American Presents Women's Health: A Lifelong Guide, June 1998. Copyright 1998 Scientific American

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