Cheyenne Regional Medical Center understands that your health needs are vitally important—and also change over time. Because of the variety of care that you might need over your lifetime, Cheyenne Regional recommends that all you have a primary care physician that you visit at least annually for recommended checkups or physicals, breast health and cervical exams, immunizations and other important medical care.
If you plan to live in the same community for several years, you might also want to consider finding one clinic—or medical home—from which you receive your regular medical care.

That way the physicians in that clinic become familiar with your health history. Many women choose a family practice doctor or an obstetrician/gynecologist as their primary care physician.

If more specialized medical care is needed, the primary care physicians can also refer you for specialized medical care.


Women’s Health Timeline

All women should have an annual physical. Talk to your doctor about what screenings are right for you.

  • Breast cancer screenings (consult health care provider about clinical and self-breast exams)
  • Blood pressure (every 1-2 years or every year if high/low)
  • Cholesterol (every 5 years, yearly after age 40)
  • Dental health (yearly)
  • Diabetes (blood sugar test if overweight or other risk factors are present, Every 3 years after age 50)
  • Eye health (every 2 years if you have vision problems)
  • Immunizations (tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years)
  • Skin cancer (look for marks or changes on your skin)
  • Cervical cancer screenings (first pap smear at age 21 and continue every 2-3 years or as your doctor tells you. If over 65, consult your health care provider)

Health Checklist

20s
  • Immunizations (tetanus-diphtheria at age 19)
  •  Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV
30s
  • Heart health (baseline EKG screening at age 30)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV
40s
  • Diabetes (blood sugar test at age 45, or earlier if over-weight or other risk factors are present)
  • Heart health (EKG every 4 years)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV
  • Breast cancer (mammogram—every 1 to 2 years))
  • Colorectal Cancer (talk to your doctor if you have a family history. African Americans should begin screening at age 45.)
50s
  • Heart health (EKG every 3 years)
  • Immunizations (tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years)
  • Osteoporosis (if risk factors are present)
  • Breast Cancer (mammogram—every 1 to 2 years)
  • Colon cancer (colonoscopy once every 10 years & Immu-nochemical testing once a year)
60s
  • Heart health (EKG every 3 years)
  • Immunizations (shingles/herpes zoster vaccine once after age 60)
  • Osteoporosis (if risk factors are present)
  • Abdominal ultrasound (if you have smoked over 100 cigarettes in your lifetime)
  • Colorectal cancer (colonoscopy once every 10 years & immunochemical testing once a year)
  • Breast cancer (mammogram—every 1 to 2 years)
70s
  • Heart health (EKG every 3 years)
  • Immunizations (annual flu vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine after age 65)
  • Osteoporosis (if risk factors are present)
  • Abdominal ultrasound (if you have smoked over 100 cigarettes in your lifetime)
  • Colorectal cancer (colonoscopy once every 10 years & immunochemical testing once a year)