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Medical Checkups for Women

Routine medical checkups are important to proactive health management. Our chart shows typical health screenings that women should have, at what age they should begin, and how often they should be done. You should discuss these tests with your healthcare practioner, who can advise the appropriate course for you. The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company provides this chart for information only, and does not dispense medical advice.

Test/Screening Begin at Age How Often
Blood Pressure 18 Every 2 years
Note: 120/80 or below is considered normal for most adults.
Blood Sugar
(for Diabetes)
45 Every 3 years
Bone Mineral Density 40 (baseline) Follow doctor's advice
Cholesterol 20 Follow doctor's advice
Colonoscopy 50 Every 10 years
Note: Earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer
Mammogram 40 Every 1-2 years
Note: Women in high-risk categories may want to get the test earlier.
Pap Test Within 3 years of becoming sexually active, or by age 21 Follow doctor's advice
Note: Frequency of test may vary depending on risk factors.
Skin Cancer Check 18 Annually
Note: Do a monthly self-exam to check for changes in moles, red spots, or brown spots.
Sources: www.WebMD.com, www.AmericanHeart.org

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Last Updated: 11/3/2017