Preventive Care

Preventive care is key for the whole family. See a provider on a routine basis even if you are healthy. It helps them find and treat problems early before they get worse.

Check out the chart of recommended preventive care based on your age. The chart is only a guide. Work with your provider to get your preventive care. They will know what may be right for you.

Recommended Preventive Care20s30s40s50s60 & Older
Annual physical exam
Breast cancer screening (Mammogram) for women  
Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) for women
Chlamydia screening (get tested if you are younger than 20 and sexually active)    
Cholesterol screening
Colon cancer screening  
Dental exam
Diabetes screening
Flu shot
Pneumococcal vaccine    
Prostate cancer screening for men   
Shingles vaccine    
Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine
Vision exam

Annual Physical Exam: Visit your doctor at least once each year even if you feel healthy.

Breast Cancer Screening: Women between the ages of 50 to 75 should get a mammogram, an x-ray of your breasts, at least once every two years.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Get a Pap test every three years if you are between the ages of 21 to 30. Get a Pap test once every five years if you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have a normal HPV test. After age 65, if you have not had cervical cancer, you can stop having Pap tests if you have had three negative tests in the last 10 years.

Chlamydia Screening: Get screened for chlamydia each year if you are younger than 25 years old. Also get tested if you are younger than 20 and sexually active.

Cholesterol Screening: Get your cholesterol checked starting at age 20. Get checked every 5 years if your levels are in a normal range. If your level is not within normal limits, if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or if you have changes in your weight or diet, you may need to get checked more often.

Colon Cancer Screening: Get screened for colorectal cancer between the ages of 50 and 75. If you have family history or other factors, your doctor may have you screened if you are younger than 50.

Dental Exam: Get your teeth cleaned at least twice each year.

Diabetes Screening: Get screened every five years if you are 44 years or older and in good health. If you are overweight (BMI over 25) or have high blood pressure, your doctor may screen you more often. All Asian Americans should be screened if their BMI is over 23.

Flu Shot: It is recommended that most adults get the flu shot every year.

Pneumococcal Vaccine: Get the pneumonia vaccine if you are 65 or older. Your doctor may recommend you get it if you are younger than 65 and have certain conditions.

Shingles Vaccine: Talk with your doctor about the shingles vaccine if you are older than 60. Those with a weak immune system should not get the vaccine.

Td Vaccine: You should get a tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster once every 10 years.

Vision Exam: Get your eyes checked once every two years. Ask your provider if you need your eyes checked more often.

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