Health Screenings Everyone Should Get

December 29, 2019

Many of us have a goal of improving our health in 2020. But, did you know that getting the right health screening, at the right time, is one of the most important things you can do for your health?

Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases and health conditions – ideally – before they become a problem for your health.

Your health is unique to you and many things can influence which screening you should get and when. Talk to your doctor about which screenings may be right for you and when you should get them.

Men’s Health Screenings at a Glance

ScreeningAgeFrequency
Blood Pressure All AgesEvery 1-2 years
CholesterolStarting at age 20, or earlier if Cardiac Risk Profile reveals high riskEvery 4-6 years for normal-risk adults; more often if any you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke
Colorectal Cancer (Screening Colonoscopy)Starting at ages 50 to 75 (in certain situations, it also may be advisable from ages 75 to 85)Every 10 years (preferred)
Diabetes (Fasting Plasma Glucose)Starting at age 45Once every three years
HearingStarting at age 40Talk to your health care provider if you think you may have hearing loss.
Lung Cancer Starting at 55 and have a history of smokingTalk with your health care provider to determine the right schedule
Physical Exam, (including height, weight and BMI) All AgesAnnually
Prostate CancerStarting at age 50 (starting at age 40 for African-Americans)Annually
VisionAll AgesEvery 1 – 2 years

Women’s Health Screenings at a Glance

ScreeningAgeFrequency
Blood Pressure All AgesEvery 1-2 years
Breast Cancer (Mammography)Starting at 40Annually
Cervical Cancer (Pap Smear/HPV Testing)Starting at ages 21 to 65, or starting 3 years after the onset of sexual activityAnnual Pap test without HPV test up to age 30; Pap test with HPV test every 3 years after age 30
CholesterolStarting at age 20, or earlier if Cardiac Risk Profile reveals high riskEvery 4-6 years for normal-risk adults; more often if any you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke
Colorectal Cancer (Screening Colonoscopy)Starting at ages 50 to 75 (in certain situations, it also may be advisable from ages 75 to 85)Every 10 years (preferred)
Diabetes (Fasting Plasma Glucose)Starting at age 45Once every three years
HearingStarting at age 40Talk to your health care provider if you think you may have hearing loss.
Lung Cancer Starting at 55 and have a history of smokingTalk with your health care provider to determine the right schedule
Osteoporosis (bone density)Starting at age 65 or starting at menopause if additional risk factors existBaseline testing with follow-up interval based on test results
Physical Exam, (including height, weight and BMI) All AgesAnnually
VisionAll AgesEvery 1 – 2 years

Follow-up with your doctor about your screening results and talk to them about a plan to manage your overall health.

 

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group is a network of more than 1,000 physicians and advanced providers at over 300 practices throughout New Jersey. Our care network can help you better manage your health. Visit HMHMedicalGroup.org to find a practice near you.

The material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.

Sources:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society