In Your 50s
Cultivate your vitality in life and in health. Your doctor or nurse will personalize the timing of each test to meet your specific healthcare needs.
- Full checkup — Including weight and height.
- Sleep habits — Discuss at your annual exam.
- Thyroid (TSH) test — Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- HIV screening — Get this test if you are at risk for HIV infection (unprotected sex, sexually transmitted disease, or used drugs with needles).
- Hepatitis C (HCV) screening — Get this one-time screening if you were born between 1945 and 1965.
- Blood pressure test — At least every two years.
- Cholesterol panel — Total, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Bone density screen — Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Blood glucose or A1c test — Get screened if you have sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80, take medicine for high blood pressure, or are at risk for developing diabetes.
- Breast self-exam — Become familiar with your breasts so you can identify any changes and discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Clinical breast exam — Yearly.
- Mammogram — Every 1-2 years. Official recommendations vary. Discuss the schedule that is right for you with your doctor or nurse.
- Pap test — Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Pelvic exam — Yearly.
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests —Both partners should get tested for STIs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Get a chlamydia test if you have new or multiple partners.
Mental health screening
- Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
- Fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy — Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
Eye and ear health
- Comprehensive eye exam — Every 1-2 years.
- Hearing test — Every three years.
- Skin exam — Monthly self-exam of skin and moles and as part of a routine full checkup with your doctor or nurse.
- Dental cleaning and exam— Every 12-24 months; discuss with your dentist.
- Seasonal influenza vaccine — Yearly.
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster vaccine — Every 10 years.
- Pneumococcal vaccine — One time only.
- Herpes zoster vaccine — (to prevent shingles) — One time only; discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention