Caring for Women: 50s

Preventive Care
Preventive care helps to keep you healthy and identify problems early, while they are easier to treat. A typical preventative care exam – often referred to as a physical or well visit – includes:

  • Blood pressure check: every two years if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Pap test or pelvic exam: discuss what's right for you based on your age and your history – these can end at age 65
  • Immunizations:
    • Influenza: every year
    • Tatanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
    • Varicella (chickenpox); two doses if you've not had it before and are not immune to chickenpox
  • Shingles: one dose for ages 60 and older
  • Breast cancer screening: mammogram every one to two years
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years
  • Colorectal cancer screening:
    • Begin at age 50; earlier if you are African-American, American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Begin between ages 40 to 50 if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer, or have an adenomatous colon polyp before age 60

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    Urogynecology services
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    We offer traditional and innovative treatment approaches, including medication, physical therapy and surgical interventions.