Women 40-60


Regular health checks and screenings, in combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, can assist in the prevention of disease or illness. Recommendations are made for how often you should have a blood pressure, cholesterol, Pap smear, blood sugar, breast, skin and immunisation review.

Below is a list of the tests you should consider having. We have briefly listed what you are testing for, why you need to test, when to test and for heart and cardiovascular health the healthy limits for women.

The government offers '45-49 year old health check' – a once only check with your doctor for those at risk of developing a chronic disease.

The complete range of medical checks and screening procedures required throughout life will vary for every person, depending on individual risks, medical background and family history. Talk to your doctor about what tests you require to maintain your health.

Heart & cardiovascular health

What Why "Normal" How often
Blood pressure (BP) Make sure it's not too high. 130/80 mmHG. Every 2 years then every year after 50.
Cholesterol Make sure it's not too high. Below 6.0. Every 2 years then every year after 50.
Body mass index Measure the best weight for your health. 20-25. Every 2 years then every year after 50.

Ovaries & uterus health

What Why When How often
Pap smear test

Screen for cell changes and cervical cancer.

Within 2 years of starting sexual intercourse. Every 2 years.
Ovarian cancer screening Screen changes in the ovary indicating ovarian cancer. If you are at risk due to family history or experiencing symptoms. As your doctor advises.

Blood sugar

What Why When How often
Glucose (sugar) check Testing for diabetes. If you are overweight, or at risk of diabetes. Every year.

Breast health

What Why When How often
Breast check Screening for breast cancer. Monthly self checking. Every month.
Mammogram Screening for breast cancer.

If you are:

  • Over 40 with a family history of breast cancer
  • Over 50
Every 2 years.

mammogram

Bladder & bowel health

What Why When How often

 

Bowel cancer test

Screening for bowel cancer.

If you:

  • Have a family history of bowel cancer
  • Are over 50
Every 2 years.
Urine test To assess kidney health. If you are over 50.

 

Every year.

Sexual health

What Why When How often
Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) check ,Including chlamydia Screening for STIs. Before a new partner or change of partner. As required.

Bone health

What Why When How often
Bone health review Screening for osteoporosis. If you are over 50. As your doctor advises.

Skin health

What Why When How often
Skin examination Screening for skin cancer. If you are 40-60. Every year.

Eyes, ears & dental health

What Why When How often
Eye examination Testing vision and retina health. If you are 40-60. Every year.
Hearing test Testing for deterioration. If you notice any symptoms.

 

Every year.

Examination and cleaning

 

Testing for tooth decay and gum disease.

If you are 40-60.

 

Every year.

Mental & emotional health

What Why When How often
Mental health check Testing for anxiety, depression. If you are experiencing symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability or sadness. As needed.

Fertility

What Why When How often
Reproductive health check Looking for factors which may impact on the health of mother or baby. If you are looking to become pregnant. When you are thinking of/ beginning to try to conceive.

Immunisation review

What Why When How often
Checking your immunity
  • Some immunisations can  wear off after a long time
  • Influenza virus strains can change each year
  • Influenza if at risk
  • Tetanus and Diptheria age 50
  • Whooping cough if contact with young children
  • Every year for flu
  • As directed by your doctor

Last updated 24 July 2017 — Last reviewed 17 February 2014

** Currently under review **

This web page is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. The information above is based on current medical knowledge, evidence and practice as at February 2014.

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