As a physician one of the most common questions I get is “When should I get ______screen done?” While there are many indications that can change when people need to have certain screens, the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians), NCEP-ATPPIII (National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult treatment panel III, and the USPSTF (US Preventive Services Task-force) have come up with the following recommendations for the general population. ALWAYS consult with YOUR primary care physician for health care recommendations specific to you. Only you and your doctor know your specific health conditions and therefore together you and your doctor need to make the health care decision that is in your best interest.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-One time screening for men 65-75 of age who have ever smoked.
Breast Screen-Screening mammography starting at age 40 up to age 75
Cervical Cancer-Screening until age 65 in those with a history of normal pap smears
Colo-rectal Cancer-Strongly recommend screening starting at 50
Osteoporosis-Screen women 65 and older of if increased risk factors begin at 60
Prostate Cancer-As discussed with your medical doctor
As always make sure you discuss all of your health concerns with your primary care physician. As a reminder the above ages are simply recommendations and you and your doctor will make the appropriate decision as to when you will implement these and other health care screens.
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