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At what age and how often?

Regular exams and checkups can potentially identify health issues before you know something is wrong. More important, health screenings can allow you to begin taking action, like starting preventive medication, sooner.

Health Screenings by Decade

 

At Any Age

 

 

ANNUALLY

  • Physical
  • Eye exam
  • Flu shot
  • 2 dental check-ups

 

 

Beginning In Your 20s:

 

 

  • Hearing test: every 10 years
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus vaccine: every 10 years, up to age 65
  • Lipid panel/ Cholesterol test: every 5 years Skin cancer exam: every 3 years
  • Hepatitis C Virus test: one time as an adult, more frequently for certain at-risk populations

MEN

  • Testicular exam: annually

WOMEN

  • OB-GYN appointment: annually
  • Pap smear test: every 3 years

Beginning In Your 30s:

 

 

  • Blood Glucose test: every 5 years
  • Lipid Panel/ Cholesterol test: annually at age 35

MEN

  • Cardiovascular risk tests: depending on risk factors

WOMEN

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test: every 5 years at 35 years ongoing
  • Pap smear test: every 5 years ongoing

Beginning In Your 40s:

 

 

MEN

  • Prostate Cancer screening or exam: if high risk

WOMEN

  • Mammogram: annually
  • Physical breast exam: annually

Beginning In Your 50s:

 

 

  • FIT or FOB test: annually
  • Screening colonoscopy: every 10 years ongoing
  • Hearing exam: annually ongoing
  • SMOKERS: Ask your primary care doctor if you are a candidate for lung cancer screening

MEN

  • Prostate exam: annually

WOMEN

  • Osteoporosis exam: depending on risk factors

Beginning In Your 60s:

 

 

  • Shingles/Varicella Zoster vaccine: once
  • Pneumonia vaccine: once

MEN

  • SMOKERS: between ages 65 -75: ONE TIME screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm for men who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

WOMEN

  • Osteoporosis/ bone mineral density exam

Beginning In Your 70s:

 

 

  • Ask your doctor about discontinuing screening colonoscopies

 

 

WOMEN

  • Ask your doctor about discontinuing mammograms