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ask: what blood tests does a 55year old woman require just for a health checkup

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Cary Cook BSN RN

Hi Bubbles

This depends entirely on your situation and any symptoms you have going. However, there are recommended health screening tests for those over 50. The Lab Tests Online site has a nice little overview: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/wellness/e_over50_1.html. The list includes breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer as well as diabetes, cholesterol, HIV, osteoporosis, thyroid. Most of these are not blood tests. Often with a physical exam there will be labs done including a CBC and chemistry panel. These check for inflammation, infection, anemia, and organ function. But again, it depends on your history.

I hope this helps you. Thanks for visiting the site.

July 29, 2010 - 6:58am
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