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Preventive Health Screenings You Need

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Check with Your Doctor about these Preventive Health Screenings

At your annual checkup, talk to the doctor about what preventive screenings you need. Preventive screenings or tests look for health problems before a person has symptoms. Tests should be done based upon a person’s age, sex, health and family historyThe following recommendations are for everyone. The doctor may recommend additional tests based upon your personal risk.

AGE SCREENING RECOMMENDED WOMEN  MEN
6+
Overweight and Obesity screening and counseling
Children, Adolescents, Men and Women – Once a year
X X
18+
High blood pressure screening
Men and Women - Once a year 
X X
20+
Cholesterol screening
Men - Age 35 and older, Age 20 and older if at increased risk of heart disease.
Women – Age 45 and older, Age 20 and older if at increased risk of heart disease.
X X
20+
Type 2 diabetes screening
Men and Women with continued high blood pressure.
X X
21 
Cervical cancer screening
Women – Age 21 through 29 – Once every 3 years
Women – Age 30 through 65 – Once every 3 to 5 years – How often a woman gets screened after 30 depends upon the test used. Talk to the doctor to get a recommendation for the test to be used.
X  
50
Breast cancer screening
Women – At age 40 start talking to the doctor about risk.
From Age 50 to 74 – Get screened for breast cancer every two years
X  
50
Colon cancer (colorectal) screening
Men and Women – Age 50 until 75 – How often a person gets screened depends upon their risk for colorectal cancer and the type of screening test used. The doctor will make a recommendation about the right test and how often to get it. 
X X
50
Prostate cancer screening
Men – Age 50 and older – Talk to the doctor about the need for prostate cancer screening. The doctor will make a recommendation based upon risk factors.
  X
65+
Osteoporosis screening
Women – Age 65 and older – Talk to the doctor about frequency of testing after age 65. The doctor will make a recommendation based upon risk factors.
Men – Age 70 and older – Men are less likely to have osteoporosis. Men who are more at risk may have a lower body weight or be inactive.
X X

 

Last updated on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:18