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Screening Guidelines for Women

Screening is defined as periodic procedures, usually organized through the health-care community, that are recommended for the purpose of detecting disease and are performed to help find diseases early. Screening recommendations are based on research involving large groups of people to see what tests do the best job detecting disease. This ongoing research causes periodic changes in screening recommendations. The information below will help you learn more about the importance of some health screenings in the lives of women.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Women’s Health Issues
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site provides online trusted sources for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

WomensHealth.gov: Screening Tests for Women
WomensHealth.gov is dedicated to providing trusted health information for women and advocacy of women’s health issues. This webpage has a table of common screening tests and links for additional information.

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2010-2011
The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medicine topics.

Women: Stay Healthy at 50+
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, these checklists help answer questions about what daily steps you can take for good health.

Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services
Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this booklet, which can be downloaded from the site, explains why prevention is important and which preventive services Medicare will cover.


  • The ACP handbook of women’s health. Fife S, Schrager SB, ed. 2009.
  • A Woman’s Concise Guide to Common Medical Tests. Moore MC. 2005

The following resources are available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.

  • Mammography: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. v.3: 2342-2345. Longe J, ed. 2006.
  • Screening Test: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. v.2: 1089-1091. Longe J, ed. 2010.

Journal Articles

  • “Prostate-specific antigen: a new(ish) study.” Harvard Men’s Health Watch. 15(4):6-8. Nov 2010.
  • “Simple questionnaire for common psychiatric disorders. This helps identify anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health conditions.”Duke Medicine Health News. 16(6):7. Jun 2010.
  • “New Pap test guidelines recommend less frequent screening for most women.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 14(5):3. May 2010.
  • “A doctor talks about screening mammography.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 17(6):4-5. Feb. 2010
  • “Cancer screening in the United States, 2010: a review of current American Cancer Society guidelines and issues in cancer screening.” CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 60(2):99-119. Mar-Apr 2010.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465, or e-mail us at hlc@nmh.org

Last UpdateJanuary 3, 2013