Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What screenings are included in a woman’s yearly checkup?

At every woman’s annual doctor’s visit, there are a number of screening tests your physician will likely recommend you get to monitor any changing health needs.

Different screenings are important for women during different ages and stages of life.

Recommended Screenings

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the recommended screenings by age group are as follows:

In Your 20’s:

  • Blood pressure – Get tested every 1-2 years, more frequently if at high risk for hypertension
  • Breast Cancer - Self-exam monthly, clinical exam every 3 years
  • Cervical cancer (Pap test) – Pelvic exam annually, pap smear and HPV screening every 3-5 years unless high risk. Consult with your provider.
  • Cholesterol – Every 5 years unless you are at an increased risk for heart disease.
  • Chlamydia – get tested annually up to 24 if you are sexually active or pregnant
  • Diabetes - Get screened if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or you take medication for high blood pressure
  • Eye Exam - Once
  • Obesity/Body fat/BMI - Every 1-2 years
  • Oral Health/Dental - Exam 1-2 times a year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases - Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk or pregnant. Ages 20-25 get tested annually for Chlamydia

In Your 30’s:

  • Blood pressure - Get tested every 1-2 years, more frequently if at high risk for hypertension
  • Breast Cancer - Self-exam monthly, clinical exam every 3 years. Consult with your provider if you are high risk.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pelvic exam annually, pap smear and HPV screening every 3-5 years unless high risk. Consult with your provider.
  • Cholesterol - Every 5 years unless you are at an increased risk for heart disease
  • Diabetes - Get screened if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or you take medication for high blood pressure
  • Eye Exam - Once
  • Obesity/Body fat/BMI - Every 1-2 years
  • Oral Health/Dental - Exam 1-2 times a year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases - Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk or pregnant.
  • Thyroid disease - Discuss with your doctor if you are at high risk for thyroid disease

In Your 40’s:

  • Blood pressure – Get tested every 1-2 years, more frequently if at high risk for hypertension
  • Breast cancer – Self-exam monthly, clinical exam and mammogram every year. Consult with your provider.
  • Cervical cancer (Pap test) – Pelvic exam annually, pap smear and HPV screening every 3-5 years unless high risk. Consult with your provider.
  • Cholesterol – Every 5 years unless you are at an increased risk for heart disease
  • Diabetes - Blood sugar test every 3 years
  • Eye Exam - Every 2-4 years
  • Hearing Exam - Every 10 years
  • Obesity/Body fat/BMI - Every 1-2 years
  • Oral Health/Dental - Exam 1-2 times a year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases - Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk or pregnant.
  • Thyroid disease - Every 3-5 years

In Your 50’s:

  • Blood pressure – Get tested every 1-2 years, more frequently if at high risk for hypertension
  • Bone density/osteoporosis - Discuss with your doctor if you are at high risk of osteoporosis
  • Breast cancer – Self-exam monthly, clinical exam and mammogram every year. Consult with your provider.
  • Cervical cancer (Pap test) – Pelvic exam annually, pap smear and HPV screening every 3-5 years unless high risk. Consult with your provider.
  • Cholesterol – Every 5 years unless you are at an increased risk for heart disease
  • Colorectal cancer – Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
  • Diabetes - Blood sugar test every 3 years
  • Eye Exam - Every 2-4 years
  • Hearing Exam - Every 10 years
  • Obesity/Body fat/BMI - Every 1-2 years
  • Oral Health/Dental - Exam 1-2 times a year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases - Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk.
  • Thyroid disease - Every 3-5 years

In Your 60’s +:

  • Blood pressure – Get tested every 1-2 years, more frequently if at high risk for hypertension
  • Bone density/osteoporosis – Get this test at least once. Talk to your doctor about repeat testing
  • Breast cancer – Self-exam monthly, clinical exam and mammogram every year. Consult with your provider.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pelvic exam annually, pap smear and HPV screening every 3-5 years unless high risk. Consult with your provider.
  • Cholesterol – Every 5 years unless you are at an increased risk for heart disease
  • Colorectal cancer – Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75
  • Diabetes - Blood sugar test every 3 years
  • Eye Exam - Every 1-2 years
  • Hearing Exam - Every 10 years
  • Obesity/Body fat/BMI - Every 1-2 years
  • Oral Health/Dental - Exam 1-2 times a year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases - Get tested if you are sexually active and at increased risk
  • Thyroid disease - Every 3-5 years

Your physician may recommend certain screenings earlier or later, depending on your personal or family medical history. For more information about what screenings are right for you, talk with your physician.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, Oakwood Primary Care, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine