Routine Screening Recommendations Released for Annual Well-Woman Exam

Source: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued an updated schedule of recommended screenings, lab tests, and vaccines for non-pregnant women ages 13 years and up and is pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include them in the well-woman exam recommendations under preventive services to be included in the federal healthcare law. The revised schedule calls for yearly breast and abdominal exams starting at age 19, annual pelvic exams starting at 21, and an assessment of current health status and other factors for women of all ages. The schedule also includes information about which vaccines are recommended for which age and risk groups, including the influenza, hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus, and measles vaccines. The recommendations, published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, are made by age and risk group.

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