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Health Screening Guide

June 17, 2020

Regular health exams and tests can help your healthcare provider and primary care physician to identify any potential issues that require added attention. It's their 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 live a longer life and stay healthier too. 

To schedule an appointment with a primary care physician, call 321.8HEALTH (843.2584).

Ages 18-39 Ages 40-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65+
Health check-up Annually Annually Annually Annually
Blood Pressure Annually Annually Annually Annually
Blood Sugar After age 45, every 3 years Every 3 years Every 3 years
Cholesterol Every 5 years but more often for smokers, diabetics or those with a family history of heart disease Every 5 years Every 5 years Every 5 years
Colonoscopy 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 Papiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine Between ages 11 and 26
Flu Vaccine Annually Annually Annually Annually
Pneumococcal Vaccine After age 65, 1 to 2 doses
Skin/Mole Exam, Self Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly
Skin/Mole Exam, Physician Every 3 years Annually Annually Annually
Ages 18-39 Ages 40-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65+
Women Only
Bone Density Test Annually
Breast Self Exam Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly
Mammogram Starting at age 35, every 1 to 2 years Every 1 to 2 years Annually Annually
Pelvic Exam Annually Annually Annually Annually
Ages 18-39 Ages 40-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65+
Men Only
Testicular self-exam Monthly Monthly Monthly Monthly
Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Annually Annually

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