Recommended Screenings

Recommended Screenings by Age

AGE 18-39

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Every five years
  • Especially men over 34

Immunizations

  • Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years
  • Yearly flu shot
  • HPV (if not received)

MEN

Testicular Exam

  • Monthly testicular self-exam

WOMEN

Breast Exam

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • A complete breast exam every three years (age 20-40)

AGE 40-65

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Men over 34 and women over 44 should be checked every five years

Colon Cancer Screening

  • Every 10 years between age 50 and 80

Immunizations

  • Flu vaccine every year
  • Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine every 10 years

Physical Exam

  • Every one to five years

Lung Cancer Screening

  • Screening can begin at age 50

MEN

Prostate Exam

  • Over 50 - should consider screenings
  • If you have a family history of prostate cancer, begin screenings at age 45

WOMEN

Breast Exams and Mammograms

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • Women over age 40 should have a mammogram done every one to two years

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

  • Pelvic exam every one to two years
  • Pap smear every five years

AGE 65 and Older

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every year

Cholesterol Screening

  • Every three to five years

Colon Cancer Screening

  • Colonoscopy every ten years
  • Fecal stool testing is an option every one to three years (it depends on type of test done)

Immunizations

  • Over 65 - get a pneumococcal vaccine if you have not had one before or if you received one more than five years before the age of 65
  • Flu shot every year
  • Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years
  • Shingles is a two-part series and covered for age 50 and over

Physical Exam

  • Every year

Lung Cancer Screening

  • Screening can begin at age 50

MEN

Prostate Exam

  • All men should discuss prostate screenings with their doctor

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

  • Ages 65-75 who have smoked - have an ultrasound done once to screen for abdominal aneurysms

WOMEN

Breast Exams and Mammograms

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • Mammogram every one to two years

Osteoporosis Screening

  • All women should have a DXA scan done

Pelvic Exam

  • Pelvic exam every one to two years