Complete Women's Health Checklist for Women Aged 50-65+
STAYING ORGANIZED AS APPOINTMENTS START TO ADD UP
Heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory diseases are the top 3 killers of women in the United States, making up almost 50% of all deaths in American women. While there are things women can do to prevent these diseases early on, the chances of developing them and their associated risk factors only increases as women get older, increasing the number and frequency of doctors appointments for women as well.
Our Complete Women’s Health Checklist for women aged 50 to 65+ compiles all of the tests, screenings, exams, and vaccines you need to organize your appointments by breaking them up into easy-to-understand categories by purpose and frequency.
While you’re equipped to simply sit down and get to calling your doctor to schedule checkups and tests, it’s definitely helpful to know what exactly you’ve just scheduled, and why it’s important you get it done! Read on for some further information about the recommended screenings, checkups, and vaccines you can find in our Women’s Health Checklist for Women Aged 50-65+.
- Complete Health Exam
An assessment of overall health utilizing tests which are often ordered during your annual wellness visit in order to evaluate health concerns common among men.
- Clinical Breast Exam
A physical examination of the breasts performed by a physician to check for any lumps or changes to detect breast cancer.
- Skin Check
A head to toe skin examination and discussion of your concerns and medical history with a physician done either as a part of your routine annual check up, or with a dermatologist.
- BMI Check
A calculation of a person’s body fat percentage using height and weight used to screen for risk factors that may lead to health problems.
- Cervical Cytology
Also called a Pap test or Pap smear, a cervical cytology is the study of cells taken from the cervix using a microscope to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer.
X-ray imaging of the breasts done by pressing each breast between two plastic plates and taking an x-ray photo to detect early signs of breast cancer.
- HPV Test
A physician checks for high risk HPV types by collecting and testing a sample of cells from the cervix which is collected using a small spatula, brush, or swab.
- Blood Pressure Screening
A measurement of the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps which is done by placing a stethoscope over the major artery in your upper arm to listen to blood flow while an arm cuff is inflated with air.
- Blood Sugar Test
A blood test which measures the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to screen for diabetes.
- Cholesterol Screening
A blood test which measures your levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, triglycerides, a type of fat which your body uses for energy, and total cholesterol, the total amount of cholesterol in your blood.
- Flu Shot
An annual vaccination that prevents the influenza virus.
- Tetanus Booster
A vaccination that prevents against tetanus, an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine
A vaccine which protects against pneumococcal disease, caused by an infection of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.
- Shingles Vaccine
A vaccine which protects against shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful rash.
- Herpes Zoster Vaccine
A vaccine administered in 2 doses which protects against shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful rash.
- OB/GYN Health Exam
An assessment with your OB/GYN healthcare provider which includes a pelvic exam, a Pap smear, a breast exam, and an assessment of your overall health status.
- Fasting glucose and lipid profile CBC, ALT/-AST, Free+Total Testosterone (Recommended for transgender women)
Fasting glucose and lipid profile: A blood test including measurements for cholesterol and a measurement of your fasting blood sugar level.
- ALT/-AST: A Blood test which measures different types of liver enzymes to detect liver damage.
- Free+Total Testosterone: A blood test that measures the levels of free testosterone (testosterone that is not attached to a protein) and total testosterone (includes both free testosterone and testosterone attached to a protein) in your blood used to diagnose various conditions.
- Guaiac-Based Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT)
A fecal test that checks for hidden blood in the stool by placing stool on cards coated with a chemical substance (guaiac), and sending the sample to a laboratory for testing.
- Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
A fecal test that checks for hidden blood in the stool by placing a small sample of stool into a collection tube for testing.
- Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT)
A procedure that gives off a very low dose of radiation to take detailed pictures of the inside of the body to check for abnormalities that may point to lung cancer, using a computer attached to an x-ray machine.
- Stool sDNA-FIT Test
A test that combines an FIT test and another test which detects altered DNA in stool by collecting a stool sample, and sending it to a laboratory to be checked for the presence of blood and altered DNA.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
An endoscopic procedure where your doctor examines the rectum and lower colon by using a sigmoidoscope (a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a camera at the tip) to visualize the area.
An exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the colon (large intestine) and rectum by inserting a colonoscope (a long flexible tube with a small camera at the tip) into the rectum which allows the doctor to to view inside of the entire colon.
- STD Screening
A blood test used to find out if you have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
To learn more about self exams, check out the following resources:
Oral Self Exam Guidelines
Skin Self Exam Guidelines
Breast Self Exam Guidelines