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Testing, Testing

Here is timetable of recommended age-appropriate medical screening test.

Age

Concern

Frequency

20s

Blood Pressure

At all appointments; at least once every 3 years, more often if high

Cholesterol

At least every 5 years, more frequently if results are high

Diabetes

Every 3 years for those with risk factors

Chlamydia, STDs

Annually for those who are sexually active up to age 26; after for those at risk

Glaucoma

Every 3 to 5 years for high risk, at least once with no risk

Melanoma

At least every 5 years

Breast Cancer (women)

Clinical breast exam every 3 years

Cervical Cancer (women)

Annual pap test beginning at age 21 or within 3 years of becoming sexually active

30s (add)

Cholesterol

Every 3 years for those with risk factors

Glaucoma

Every 2 to 4 years

Cervical Cancer (women)

Annual pap or for women at low risk every 3 years after 3 consecutive annual negative results

40s (add)

Breast Cancer (women)

Clinical breast exam and mammogram every 1 to 2 years

Prostate Cancer (men)

PSA for men at high risk and digital rectal exam

Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy every 10 years or fecal occult blood test every year and sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

50s (add)

Diabetes

Every 3 years

Prostate Cancer (men)

Counseling and possible PSA and digital rectal exam

Blood Pressure

At least once a year and more frequently if high

Osteoporosis (women)

Every 2 years for postmenopausal women at risk

Breast Cancer (women)

Clinical breast exam and mammogram every year

60s (add)

Glaucoma

After age 65, every 1 to 2 years

Osteoporosis (women)

Every 2 years for women over 65

70s (add)

Cervical Cancer (women)

Pap test every 1 to 3 years at patient/clinician discretion or for those at high risk

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