Preventive Screening Update

I was at a dinner party on Friday and the hostess was surprised to discover that screening recommendations for cervical and breast cancer had changed.
After that conversation I thought it would be helpful to revisit this topic again.

What should you get screened for?

Blood pressure test
Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).
Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.
Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Cervical cancer screening
Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a cervix.
If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.
Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Bone mineral density test
(osteoporosis screening)
Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk of osteoporosis.
Get this test at least once at age 65 or older.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about repeat testing.

Breast cancer screening
(mammogram)
Discuss with your doctor your risk factors and at what age to start your screening.
Screen every 2 years after the age of 50 through age 74.
Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Remember that these are guidelines recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Your health provider will customize the type of screening tests and schedule them based on your history and needs.

womenshealth.gov

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