Life is full of surprises, not all of them happy. Don’t want to get blindsided by common health ailments? Follow these science-based screening guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Everyone should be tested annually for high blood pressure. If your reading is 130/85 or higher, talk with your doctor about treatment.
Once a year, have your cholesterol and other blood lipids checked.
Routine screening is not recommended until age 50, but if you are at increased risk for colorectal cancer talk with your doctor about when you should start.
Start routine screening at age 65, or earlier for younger women at increased risk for osteoporosis. Check with your doctor about your risk.
Ask your doctor whether and when you need to begin annual mammography or other tests. Ages 50-plus Get a mammogram every 2 years and a manual breast exam at your annual physical or check-up.
Get a Pap test every 3 years, or a Pap test along with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 5 years.
Testing may be appropriate for some men in this age range; talk to your doctor about potential benefits and risks.