Harvard Women's Health Watch

Screening tests you probably don’t need

Some tests that are widely offered for screening aren’t advised for generally healthy people and may lead to unnecessary procedures. You’ve probably had more than a few screening tests—blood pressure and cholesterol checks, mammograms, Pap smears, and colonoscopies. However, health fairs and clinics often promote screening tests you might not have had. If you’ve wondered whether they’re a worthwhile investment in your health, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) can…

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