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Health Screening Guide

November 13, 2019

These regular health exams and tests can help identify potential issues that may require attention before they develop into life-threatening problems. By getting the right annual screenings at the right time in your life, you are taking steps that can help you live longer and stay healthier.

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
Eye Exam Discuss issues with your physician Every 2 to 4 years Every 2 to 4 years Every 2 to 4 years
Hearing Test Starting at age 18, every 10 years Every 10 years Discuss with your physician Discuss with your physician
Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine Between ages 11 and 26
Influenza Vaccine Discuss with your physician Discuss with your physician 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
Tetanus-diphtheria Booster Vaccine Every 10 years Every 10 years Every 10 years Every 10 years
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 Every 1 to 2 years Every 1 to 2 years
Pap Test and Pelvic Exam Starting at age 21, every 3 years Every 3 years Every 3 years Every 3 years
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