Here are the screening tests and immunizations that most women at age 65 and older need. Although you and your health care provider may decide that a different schedule is best for you, this plan can guide your discussion.
1Recommendation from the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure
2Recommendation 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.
3The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists currently recommends that women ages 30 and older get a Pap test once every three years and that women with certain risk factors (or with increased risk) may need more frequent screening. It's reasonable to discontinue screening after three or more consecutive negative Pap tests and no abnormal results within the last 10 years once a woman turns 65 or 70.
4If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be done
5The 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.
6Recommendation from ACOG
7Recommendation by the USPSTF
8Recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
9For complete list, see the CDC website
10For complete list, see the CDC website
*Exceptions may exist; discuss with your health care provider
Other guidelines from the USPSTF
Immunization schedule from the CDC