Prevention Guidelines, Women Ages 50 to 64

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for women ages 50 to 64. Talk with your health care provider to make sure you’re up to date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

All women in this age group

At routine exams

Blood pressure

All women in this age group

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

Breast cancer

All women in this age group

Yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam

Cervical cancer

All women in this age group, except women who have had a complete hysterectomy

A Pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years

Chlamydia

Women at increased risk for infection

At routine exams

Colorectal cancer

All women in this age group

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test; or a stool DNA test as often as your health care provider advises; talk with your health care provider about which tests are best for you

Depression

All women in this age group

At routine exams

Diabetes mellitus, type 2

Women who have blood pressure higher than 135/80 mm Hg

At least every 3 years

Gonorrhea

Sexually active women at increased risk for infection

At routine exams

High cholesterol or triglycerides

All women in this age group who are at risk for coronary artery disease

At least every 5 years

HIV

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

At routine exams

Obesity

All women in this age group

At routine exams

Osteoporosis

Women who are postmenopausal

Ask your health care provider

Syphilis

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

At routine exams

Tuberculosis

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

Ask your health care provider

Vision

All women in this age group

Ask your health care provider

Vaccine

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

All women in this age group who have no record of this infection or vaccine

2 doses; the second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose

Hepatitis A

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

2 doses given at least 6 months apart

Hepatitis B

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

Influenza (flu)

All women in this age group

Once a year

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

All women in this age group who have no record of these infections or vaccines

1 dose

Meningococcal

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

1 or more doses

Pneumococcal (polysaccharide)

Women at increased risk for infection – talk with your health care provider

1 or more doses

Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

All women in this age group

Td every 10 years, or a one-time dose of Tdap instead of a Td booster after age 18, then Td every 10 years

Zoster

All women ages 60 and older

1 dose

Counseling

Who needs it

How often

BRCA gene mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility

Women with increased risk for having gene mutation

When your risk is known

Breast cancer and chemoprevention

Women at high risk for breast cancer

When your risk is known

Diet and exercise

Women with high cholesterol or triglycerides, or other risk factors for cardiovascular or chronic disease affected by diet or exercise

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

Use of daily aspirin

Women ages 55 and up in this age group who are at risk for cardiovascular health problems such as stroke

When your risk is known

Use of tobacco and the health affects it can cause

All women in this age group

Every visit