Prevention Guidelines for Women 50–64
Here are the screening tests and immunizations that most women ages 50 to 64 need. 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 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 check with your health care provider
1If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be done
2The multiple stool take-home test should be used. One test done by the doctor in the office is not adequate for testing. A colonoscopy should be done if the test is positive.
3Recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
4For complete list, see the CDC website
5For complete list, see the CDC website
6For complete list, see the CDC website
Other guidelines are from the USPSTF
Immunization schedule from the CDC