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HEALTH SCREENING GUIDELINES Cheat Sheet by

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ROUTINE PHYSICAL

FEMA­LES:
MALES:
Annually beginning at age 20
20 to 40 years: every 3 to 5 years
 
Annually beginning at age 40

DENTAL ASSESS­MENTS

Every 6 months

BLOOD PRESSURE

Begin at age 20
Minimum every 2 years
Annually if higher than 120/80

BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)

Begin at age 20
Each health care visit

BLOOD CHOLES­TEROL

Begin at age 20
Minimum every 5 years (if no risk factors)
 

BLOOD GLUCOSE

Begin at age 45
Minimum every 3 years

COLO­RECTAL SCREEN­ING

Begin at age 50
Fecal occult blood annually
Flexible sigmoi­doscopy every 5 years OR colono­scopy every 10 years OR double contrast barium enema every 5 years OR CT colono­graphy every 5 years
Frequency can increase based upon results

PAP TEST

For females
Begin at age 21
Every 3 years
 

CLINICAL BREAST EXAM

For females
Begin at age 20
Every 3 years
Annually 40+

MAMM­OGRAM

For females
Begin at age 40
Annually

PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN TEST & DRE

For males
Annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test

TEST­ICULAR EXAM

For males
Begin at age 15
Monthly testicular self-exam
Clinical testicular exam at each routine visit

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