Women’s Screenings

The following medical screenings are recommended for women from age 18 through adulthood.  Some screenings, such as cholesterol, blood pressure and bone density, are offered on a regular basis for free or at low cost at the Health First Center.  Check our monthly schedule of events for upcoming screenings.

Women Aged 18-39*

  • Full Checkup with Height, Weight, Skin and Pelvic Exams at least every 3 years
  • Blood Pressure Check yearly
  • Blood Tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Kidney at least every 3 years
  • Urinalysis at least every 3 years
  • Women should be familiar with their breasts and report changes promptly to their healthcare provider
  • Clinical Breast Exams at least every 1-3 years
  • Women aged 21-29 should have Pap Smears every 3 years; women 30-39 should have a Pap Smear and HPV Test every 5 years or a Pap Smear every 3 years
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases – both partners should get tested, including HIV before initiating sexual intercourse
  • Eye and Ear Exams, if problems occur
  • Dental Exam is recommended 1 to 2 times a year
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster every 10 years
  • Influenza Vaccine annually
  • If not previously vaccinated, women up to 26 should receive the HPV vaccine

*National Comprehensive Cancer Network are the guidelines adopted by Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Community Hospital Cancer Program

Women Aged 40-49*

  • Full Checkup with Height, Weight, Skin and Pelvic Exams at least every 2 years
  • Blood Pressure Check yearly
  • Blood Tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Kidney at least every 2 years
  • Urinalysis at least every 2 years
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), discuss with physician
  • Women should be familiar with their breasts and report changes promptly to their healthcare provider
  • Clinical Breast Exam yearly
  • Mammograms yearly
  • Pap smears and HPV test every 5 years or a Pap Smear every 3 years
  • Colorectal Screening, discuss with MD if you have a family history
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, both partners should get tested, including HIV before initiating sexual intercourse
  • Eye (including Glaucoma Screening if you have family history or if you are African-American) and Ear Exams every 2-4 years
  • Dental Exam 1 to 2 times a year
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster every 10 years
  • Influenza Vaccine annually

*National Comprehensive Cancer Network are the guidelines adopted by Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Community Hospital Cancer Program

Women Aged 50-64*

  • Full Checkup yearly
  • Blood Pressure Check yearly
  • Blood Tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Kidney yearly
  • Urinalysis yearly
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), discuss with physician
  • Women should be familiar with their breasts and report changes promptly to their healthcare provider
  • Clinical Breast Exams yearly
  • Mammograms yearly
  • Pap smears and HPV test every 5 years or a Pap Smear every 3 years
  • Rectal exam yearly
  • If a long-term smoker, discuss benefits/risk of lung cancer screening with physician
  • Colorectal Screening:
    • Colonoscopy at least every 10 years
    • Fecal Occult Test yearly or
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy every 5 yearsAt age 60, Shingles Vaccine once
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, both partners should get tested, including HIV before initiating sexual intercourse
  • Eye (including Glaucoma Screening if you have family history or if you are African-American) and Ear Exams every 2-4 years
  • Dental Exam 1 to 2 times a year
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster every 10 years
  • Influenza Vaccine yearly

*National Comprehensive Cancer Network are the guidelines adopted by Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Community Hospital Cancer Program

Women Aged 65 and Older*

  • Full Checkup with Height, Weight, Skin and Pelvic Exams yearly
  • Blood Pressure Check yearly
  • Blood Tests for Diabetes, Cholesterol, Kidney and Thyroid Dysfunction yearly
  • Urinalysis yearly
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), discuss with physician
  • Women should be familiar with their breasts and report changes promptly to their healthcare provider
  • Clinical Breast Exams yearly
  • Mammograms yearly
  • Pap Smear, discuss with physician
  • If a long-term smoker, discuss benefits/risk of lung cancer screening with physician
  • Colorectal Screening:
    • Colonoscopy at least every 10 years
    • Fecal Occult Test yearly or
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy every 5 yearsShingles Vaccine – one time only
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, both partners should get tested, including HIV before initiating sexual intercourse
  • Eye (including glaucoma screening) and Ear Exams every 1-2 years
  • Dental Exam 1 to 2 times a year
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster every 10 years
  • Influenza Vaccine yearly
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine – one or two doses

If you need a physician, please call our Physician Referral Service at 828.324.0258

*National Comprehensive Cancer Network are the guidelines adopted by Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Community Hospital Cancer Program