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Recommended Health Screenings

Talk with your doctor about these recommendations and the frequency right for you.  Your preventive needs will be based on your specific health history.

Click on the age range below to view recommended screenings.

Ages 18-29

Must Do’s:

  • Blood Pressure: Every healthcare visit
  • Eye Examination: Every 5-10 years; Contact lens wearers-annually
  • Obesity: Every healthcare visit

Male Specific Exams:

  • Testicular Exam

Female Specific Exams:

  • Pap Smear: Every 3 years

Recommended- discuss with your provider to see if the following screenings are appropriate for you:

  • Diabetes
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Skin Cancer and other cancer screenings

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus: Every 10 years
  • Influenza: Annual flu shot
  • Pneumococcal: Discuss the need with your doctor
  • HPV: Women receive 3 doses before age 26 to protect against HPV

Ages 30-39

Must Do’s:

  • Blood Pressure: Every healthcare visit
  • Eye Examination: Every 5-10 years; Contact lens wearers-annually
  • Obesity: Every healthcare visit

Male Specific Exams:

  • Cholesterol and Triglycerides: Men over 34 years old, every 5 years
  • Testicular Exam

Female Specific Exams:

  • Pap Smear: Every 5 years

Recommended- discuss with your provider to see if the following screenings are appropriate for you:

  • Diabetes
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Skin Cancer and other cancer screenings

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus: Every 10 years
  • Influenza: Annual flu shot
  • Pneumococcal: Discuss the need with your doctor

Ages 40-49

Must Do’s:

  • Blood Pressure: Every healthcare visit
  • Eye Examination: Every 2-4 years; Contact lens wearers-annually
  • Obesity: Every healthcare visit
  • Cholesterol and Triglycerides: Men over 34 years old and women over 45 years old, every 1-5 years based on previous results
  • Diabetes:  Initial blood sugar screening recommended by the age of 45, if results are normal, every 3 years thereafter

Male Specific Exams:

  • Testicular Exam

Female Specific Exams:

  • Pap Smear: Every 5 years
  • Mammogram: Every 1-2 years, starting at age 40

Recommended- discuss with your provider to see if the following screenings are appropriate for you:

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer and other cancer screenings

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus: Every 10 years
  • Influenza: Annual flu shot
  • Pneumococcal: Discuss the need with your doctor

Ages 50-59

Must Do’s:

  • Blood Pressure: Every healthcare visit
  • Eye Examination: Every 1-3 years; Contact lens wearers-annually
  • Obesity: Every healthcare visit
  • Cholesterol and Triglycerides: Every 1-5 years based on previous results
  • Diabetes:  Every 3 years based on previous results
  • Colorectal Cancer: Start at age 50, colonoscopy recommended every 10 years

Male Specific Exams:

  • Testicular Exam
  • Prostate Cancer

Female Specific Exams:

  • Pap Smear: Every 5 years
  • Mammogram: Every 1-2 years

Recommended- discuss with your provider to see if the following screenings are appropriate for you:

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin Cancer and other cancer screenings

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus: Every 10 years
  • Influenza: Annual flu shot
  • Pneumococcal: Discuss the need with your doctor

Ages 60+

Must Do’s:

  • Blood Pressure: Every healthcare visit
  • Eye Examination: Every 1-2 years; Contact lens wearers-annually
  • Obesity: Every healthcare visit
  • Cholesterol and Triglycerides: Every 1-5 years based on previous results
  • Diabetes: Every 3 years based on previous results
  • Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy recommended every 10 years
  • Glaucoma: Every 2 years beginning at age 65

Female Specific Exams:

  • Pap Smear: Every 5 years until age 65
  • Mammogram: Every 1-2 years
  • Bone Mineral Density: Once after age 65 to check for osteoporosis

Male Specific Exams:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Once in men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked
  • Prostate Cancer: Discuss the need for screening with your doctor

Recommended- discuss with your provider to see if these are right for you:

  • Skin Cancer

Immunizations:

  • Tetanus: Every 10 years
  • Influenza: Annual flu shot
  • Pneumococcal: Discuss the need with your doctor
  • Shingles: Once after age 60