Prevention Guidelines for Women 40–49
Here are the screening tests and immunizations that most women ages 40 to 49 need. This plan does not include recommendations for pregnancy. Although you and your health care provider may decide that a different schedule is best for you, this plan can guide your discussion.
*Recommendation from the American Cancer Society (ACS). Currently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening every 2 years for women ages 50 to 74. The ACS recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older. Women should talk with their doctors about their personal risk factors before making a decision about when to start getting mammograms or how often they should get them. The ACS also recommends annual clinical breast exams (CBEs) for women ages 40 and older. The USPSTF, however, believes there is not enough evidence to assess the value of CBEs for women ages 40 and older. Women should talk with their doctors about their personal risk factors and make a decision about whether they should have a CBE.
**Exceptions may exist, please discuss with your health care provider
1Recommendation from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2Recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
3For complete list, see the CDC website
4For complete list, see the CDC website
5For complete list, see the CDC website
Immunization schedule from the CDC