If you can’t prevent a disease, catch it early. Use this guide to find out what tests to discuss with your primary care provider at each stage of your life. Your provider may recommend additional tests at a different frequency based on your health needs.
Your mental health is also an important part of your well-being. Tell your provider if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Age 18 - 39
Blood Pressure Test
Get tested at least every two years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80). Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89. Discuss treatment if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher. Ask your provider if you need a baseline screening cholesterol test.
Men should be aware of all moles and spots on their skin, and report any changes to a provider right away. Some providers include skin exams as part of routine health check-ups.
Cholesterol should be checked every 5 years. If you have a high cholesterol level, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be checked more often.
If your blood pressure is above 135/80 mm Hg, your provider may test your blood sugar level for diabetes. If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should be screened.
Age 40 - 64
Starting at age 50, men should talk to their provider about prostate cancer testing, and then decide if they want to be tested. Men at high risk (African American men and those with a family history of the disease) should have this talk at age 45 or 40.
Men should start screening at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of colon or rectal cancer or colon problems that raise their risk.
Men ages 55 to 74 who are or were heavy smokers should talk to a doctor about whether a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer is right for them.
Over age 65
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
If you are between ages 65 and 75 and have smoked, you should have an ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Have your hearing tested if you have symptoms of hearing loss.
Bone Mineral Density Test
Discuss with your provider if you are at risk for osteoporosis.
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