Recommended Health Screening for Women

Maintaining good health is important, and routine screenings and exams can help identify potential health issues before they become serious. The following tests are suggested for women to consider:

Blood pressure

Have your blood pressure checked at least every two years if it is within the normal range (under 120/80) or once a year if it is above normal.

Bone density

Get this test at least once at age 65 or after. Talk to your doctor or nurse about getting tested if you are younger than 65 and about repeat testing.

Breast cancer

Mammography every two years for women ages 40 and above.

Cervical cancer: A Pap test is recommended every three years for women 21-65 who have a cervix. At age 30 a pap test and HPV test every 5 years is an option. If you are 65 or older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to keep having Pap tests.

Colorectal cancer

Recommended for women ages 50-75. Talk to your doctor about which screening test, (faecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy) or combination of tests, is best for you and how often you need it and if you should continue having these tests after 75.

Diabetes screening

Get tested for diabetes if you have a family history of diabetes or your blood pressure is higher than 135/80.


Get tested for HIV/AIDS at least once after age 20, or earlier if you are at high risk for being infected by the human immunodeficiency virus. Discuss further testing with your doctor.

Lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides)

Starting at age 20, women at increased risk for developing heart disease should have regular cholesterol tests.

Lung cancer

Annual testing with low-dose computed tomography between ages 55 and 80 if you have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Early detection is key, and regular health screenings can help prevent serious health problems. Learn more about how you can take charge of your health today with Regency’s Executive Health Screening centre, a one-stop-for-all centre that provides multiphase levels of health screening services intended to encourage the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, as well as the early detection of underlying medical conditions.

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