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Besides tests that are recommended for men and women over 50, what tests should women over 50 have at their annual physical?

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If you’re a woman over 50, get these extra tests at your annual physical:

  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear: Combining a Pap test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test can extend the time between cervical cancer screenings from 3 years to 5 years in many women between 30 and 65.
  • Mammogram: At this age, all women should have started routine mammograms to help detect any early signs of breast cancer. Your doctor can tell you how often you should repeat the test.

From: Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s WebMD Medical Reference

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

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