General Screening Guidelines
- Blood pressure: Starting at 20, then every year.
- Cholesterol: Starting in mid-20s, earlier if there is family history.
- Sexually transmitted infection (stis) test
- Vision exam: Biannually from 18–60.
- Dental exam: 1–2 times a year.
- Tetanus-Diptheria booster vaccine: Every 10 years.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Blood sugar test: Depends on history—may be done yearly.
- Colonoscopy: Starting at 45.
- PSA for prostate cancer.
- Fecal occult blood test: Every year, unless you have already had a colonoscopy.
- Shingles vaccine: At 50. Series of two shots.
- Pneumococcal vaccine: Two types, one time only.
- Aortic aneurysm screening: Once if there’s a history of smoking.
Talk to a doctor about which tests are best for you. More frequent screenings may be recommended based on your personal history.