What to Check For
Obesity: Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity. (BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.)
Breast Cancer: Have a mammogram every one to two years starting at age 40.
Cervical Cancer: Have a Pap smear every one to three years if you: Have ever been sexually active Are between the ages of 21 and 65
High Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol checked regularly staring at age 45. If you are younger than 45, talk to your doctor about whether to have your cholesterol checked if: You have diabetes You have high blood pressure Heart disease runs in your family You smoke
High Blood Pressure: Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
Colorectal Cancer: Have a test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier.
Diabetes: Have a test for diabetes if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Depression: Your emotional health is as important as you physical health. If you have felt “down”, sad, or hopeless over the last two weeks of have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things, you may be depressed. Talk to your doctor about being screened for depression.
Osteoporosis (Thinning of the Bones): Have a bone density test beginning at age 65 to screen for osteoporosis. If you are between the ages of 60 and 64 and weigh 154 lbs. or less, talk to your doctor about being tested.
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Talk to your doctor to see whether you should be tested for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, or other sexually transmitted diseases.
HIV: Talk to your doctor about HIV screening.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever smoked (100 or more cigarettes in your lifetime), you need to be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an abnormally large or swollen blood vessel in your abdomen.
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