Annual Health Screening Recommendations

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Treat Yourself to Good Health

An easy way to remember to schedule your annual health screenings is to mark your calendar a week before or after your birthday as a reminder to make your appointments.

Prevention is the Key to Good Health

Preventive screenings are cost-effective ways to detect early signs of conditions or disease before they develop into serious illness. Below is a list of recommended health screenings by gender and age. Keep in mind this is only a guideline and your primary care physician will indicate which screenings you should have and how often to have them based on your personal risk factors.

Screening Q&A

  1. Want to know more about a particular screening?
    Ask your physician more about the importance of the test and why you are being screened.
  2. Which screenings are covered by insurance plans?
    Insurance plans may offer preventive screenings at no cost, check with your insurance company to find out coverage for screenings.  

Women

21-29 years of age:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Breast Cancer - Doctor’s breast exam – Every three years.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pap Test – Annually or three years after sexual activity begins.
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam – Every three years.
30-39 years of age:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Breast Cancer - Doctor’s breast exam every three years.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pap Test – Women who have had three normal Pap test results in a row, may be screened every two to three years.
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam every three years.
40-49 years of age:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Breast Cancer  - Doctor’s breast exam annually. Mammogram annually.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pap Test – Women who have had three normal Pap test results in a row, may be screened every two to three years.
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam annually.
50 years of age and older:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Osteoporosis – If you are at risk for osteoporosis Bone mineral density test.
  • Breast Cancer  - Doctor’s breast exam annually.
  • Mammogram – Annually.
  • Cervical Cancer - Pap Test – Women who have had three normal Pap test results in a row, may be screened every two to three years. 
  • Colon Cancer - Digital rectal exam annually. Colonoscopy every 10 years or Sigmoidoscopy every five years.
  • Skin Cancer- Head-to-toe visual exam annually.
  • Lung Cancer – If you currently smoke or have a history of smoking more or more packs a day for 10 years, you may be eligible for a CT Scan Screening for Early Lung Cancer Detection

Men

20-39 years of age:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam every three years.
40-49 years of age:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Prostate Cancer - Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and Digital rectal exam (DRE) annually for men starting at age 45. If you are African American or if your father, brother, or son had prostate cancer before the age of 65.
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam annually.
50 years of age and older:
  • Know Your Numbers: Screenings for risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stoke – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index
  • Colorectal Cancer - Digital rectal exam annually. Colonoscopy every 10 year or Sigmoidoscopy  every five years.
  • Prostate Cancer - Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and Digital rectal exam (DRE) annually.
  • Skin Cancer - Head-to-toe visual exam annually.
  • Lung Cancer – If you currently smoke or have a history of smoking more or more packs a day for 10 years, you may be eligible for a CT Scan Screening for Early Lung Cancer Detection