Regular health exams, tests, and immunizations can help your primary care physician to identify any potential issues that require added attention. It's your physician’s goal to find them before they progress and develop into life-threatening problems. When you get the right annual screenings at the right times in your life, you are taking necessary steps towards self-care, steps that can help you stay healthy and live a longer life.
|Types of exam or Screening||Ages 18-39||Ages 40-49||Ages 50-64||Ages 65+|
|BLOOD SUGAR||After age 45, every 3 years||Every 3 years||every 3 years|
|CHOLESTEROL||Every 5 Years*
More often for smokers, diabetic, or a family history of heart disease
|Every 5 Years||Every 5 Years||Every 5 Years|
|COLONOSCOPY||-||After age 45, every 10 years||Every 10 years||Every 10 years|
|DENTAL EXAM||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months||Every 6 to 12 months|
|HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV) VACCINE||Between ages 11 & 26*||-||-||-|
|LUNG CANCER||-||-||For people who have a history of heavy smoking, and smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years and are between 50 and 80 years old.||-|
|PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE||-||-||-||After 65, one to two doses**|
|SKIN AND MOLE SELF-EXAM||Monthly||Monthly||Monthly||Monthly|
|SKIN AND MOLE EXAM BY PHYSICAN||Every 3 Years||Annually||Annually||Annually|
|TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, PERTUSSIS (Tdap or Td)||Once every 10 years 1 dose Tdap each pregnancy; 1 dose Td/Tdap for wound management||-||-||-|
|ZOSTER RECMOBINANT (RZV)||-||-||Once||-|
|MAMMOGRAM||Starting at age 40, every 1 to 2 years***||Every 1 to 2 years||Annually||Annually|
|PELVIC EXAM||Discuss with your provider||Discuss with your provider||Discuss with your provider||Discuss with your provider|
|PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN TEST||-||-||Discuss with your provider||Discuss with your provider|
For more information, recommendations, and special situations, please visit the CDC website here.
The above suggested guidelines assumes the patient is a healthy individual, please consult your physician before requesting any screenings or immunizations.
*May include ages 26-45 and should be discussed with your provider
**May start earlier based on chronic medical conditions and should be discussed with your provider
***Discuss frequency with your provider
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