Are you up to date on the screening tests you need for your health? Health screening tests help you stay healthy and find problems early so you can take action. It’s important to make your health a priority and schedule a routine exam or well visit.
Your provider may recommend screening tests for you based on your age and health history. The following checklist is a general guide, and your provider may suggest you have these tests done at the time that’s right for you.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening – at age 65 to 75 if you have ever smoked
- Blood pressure screening – starting at age 18
- Body mass index (BMI) measurement – with every routine exam
- Cholesterol screening – starting at age 35, or at age 20 if you’re at increased risk of heart disease
- Colon cancer screening – starting at age 50
- Dental exam – regular visits (ask your dentist about frequency)
- Diabetes screening – ask your doctor
- Eye exam – starting at age 40 for adults who don’t have vision problems, diabetes, or other risk factors (ask your doctor about frequency)
- Hearing test – if you have difficulty hearing
- Immunizations – flu shot every year and other vaccines depending on your age
- Prostate cancer screening – ask your doctor
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening – ask your doctor
SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT
Ask your provider how often you should have preventive health checkups. You may also want to check with your health insurance provider to find out what tests and services your plan covers.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Dental Association