Health Screenings Everyone Should Get

Health Screenings

December 13, 2019

Many of us have a goal of improving our health. 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.


Women’s Health Screenings at a Glance

Screening Age Frequency
Blood Pressure All Ages Every 1-2 years
Breast Cancer (Mammography) Starting at 40 Annually
Cervical Cancer (Pap Smear/HPV Testing) Starting at ages 21 to 65,
or starting 3 years after
the onset of sexual
activity
Annual Pap test without HPV test up to age 30; Pap test with HPV test every 3 years after age 30
Cholesterol Starting at age 20, or
earlier if Cardiac Risk
Profile reveals high risk
Every 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 45 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 45 Once every three years
Hearing Starting at age 40 Talk to your health care provider if you think you may have hearing loss.
Lung Cancer Starting at 55 and have a history of smoking Talk 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 exist Baseline testing with follow-up interval based on test results
Physical Exam, (including height, weight and BMI) All Ages Annually
Vision All Ages Every 1 – 2 years


Men’s Health Screenings at a Glance

Screening Age Frequency
Blood Pressure All Ages Every 1-2 years
Cholesterol Starting at age 20, or earlier if Cardiac Risk Profile reveals high risk Every 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 45 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 45 Once every three years
Hearing Starting at age 40 Talk to your health care provider if you think you may have hearing loss.
Lung Cancer Starting at 55 and have a history of smoking Talk with your health care provider to determine the right schedule
Physical Exam, (including height, weight and BMI) All Ages Annually
Prostate Cancer Starting at age 50 (starting at age 40 for African-Americans) Annually
Vision All Ages Every 1 – 2 years


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

Next Steps & Resources:

  • To make an appointment with a Hackensack Meridian Health doctor near you, call 800-822-8905 or visit our website.
  • 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.

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