Screening Guide
Medical Screenings
Tests your health care provider uses to detect diseases vary, depending on your age and gender. The most beneficial include those for unhealthy cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. Early detection of a condition can make it easier to treat and help prevent complications such as serious illness or disability. Ask your provider about which screenings you need, and study the guidelines below.

EVERYONE
Test/Exam   When Needed
Blood Pressure   Check annually
Cholesterol   Fasting test every 5 years starting at 20
Colorectal Cancer   Starting at 50 or as advised
Dental, Eye and Hearing   As advised
Diabetes   Starting at 45
Skin Cancer   As advised
Weight   Body Mass Index (BMI) Goal: 18.5-24.9
Waist Measure Goal:
Below 35 inches (women)
Below 40 inches (men)
 
As Advised: Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms or special risks, such as family history, for these conditions.

Sources: ACS, ADA, AHA, CDC and NCEP.
 
WOMEN ONLY
Test/Exam   When Needed
Breast Cancer   Every year beginning at 40 or as advised
Cervical Cancer   As advised
Osteoporosis   At 65 or earlier as advised
Talk to your doctor or health care provider about unusual symptoms and other health concerns not listed, such as sexually transmitted infections, HIV, depression and anxiety. Be a partner in your health care.
 
 
MEN ONLY
Test/Exam   When Needed
Prostate Cancer   Starting at 50 or as advised
Talk to your doctor or health care provider about unusual symptoms and other health concerns not listed, such as sexually transmitted infections, HIV, depression and anxiety. Be a partner in your health care.
 
Source: ACS, NOF.

AS ADVISED: Consult your doctor or health care provider if you have symptoms or personal risks, such as family history, for these conditions.

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Updated February 2014