Preventive Care

  • Annual Physical Exam: It is important to get a checkup from your provider at least once every year. This is true even if you feel healthy.
  • Breast Cancer Screen: Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 or older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Cervical Cancer Screen: Women aged 21 to 30 should get a Pap test once each three years. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should get a Pap test once each five years if they also have a normal HPV test. After age 65, most women who have not been diagnosed with cervical cancer can stop having Pap tests if they have had 3 negative tests within the last 10 years.
  • Chlamydia: Women younger than 25 years old should be screened for chlamydia every year, or as directed by their provider.
  • Cholesterol Screen: Get your cholesterol checked starting at age 20. If your level is within normal limits, get checked every 5 years. No matter your age, if your cholesterol level is not within normal limits, if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or if you experience changes in your weight or diet your provider may want to check your cholesterol more often.
  • Colon Cancer Screen: Between ages 50 and 75, get screened for colorectal cancer. Talk with your provider about the best screening for you. If you are younger than 50, your provider may recommend getting screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or other factors.
  • Diabetes Screen: Those 44 years of age or older and in good health should get screened every 3 years. No matter your age, if you are overweight (BMI over 25) or have high blood pressure, your provider may screen you for diabetes. All Asian Americans should be screened if their BMI is over 23.
  • Flu Shot: It is recommended most adults get the flu shot every year.
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine: If you are 65 or older you should have the pneumonia vaccine. If you are younger and have certain other conditions your provider may recommend it.
  • Shingles Vaccine: If you are older than 60, talk with your provider about getting the shingles vaccine. 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.

Source: CDC, MedLine Plus