What Health Screenings You Should Be Doing At Different Ages

Most of us put off going to the doctor until something is wrong. However, there are some simple screenings that can ward off, or at least detect early, health conditions that can have a big impact on your life. Use this list below to see if you are overdue for a visit to your primary care physician.

 

Recommended Preventative Screening For Women:

 

– Colon cancer screening (50-75 years old)

– Cervical cancer screening (21-65 years old)

– Breast cancer screening (starting at 40-50 years old depending on risk factors)

– Lung cancer screening (55-80 years old if you have a history of smoking)

– Dexa scan (starting at 65 years old, or 50 years old if you have certain risk factors)

– Hep C screening (if born between 1945-1965)

– HIV screening (15-65 years old)

 

Recommended Preventative Screening For Men:

 

– Colon cancer screening (50-75 years old)

– Prostate cancer screening (discuss with your doctor starting at age 45-50 depending on risk factors)

– Lung cancer screening (55-80 years old if you have a history of smoking)

– Hep C screening (if born 1945-1965)

– HIV screening (15-65 years old)

– Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening (65-75 years old if you have a history of smoking)

 

If you are unsure if you are up to date on the recommended screenings, check with your doctor. Preventative screening help prevent illnesses before they cause you symptoms or problems, so the time to get checked out is before you notice something is off.

Some screenings are done regularly, while others may just be a one-time test. Your doctor will determine your need for screenings based off known risk factors for certain diseases.

 

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