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Article originally published on February 15, 2021.

Health Screenings at Every Age

No matter your age, routine screenings are an important part of monitoring and managing your health. Without these regular check-ups, potentially dangerous conditions – including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers – can develop and worsen without our knowing, negatively impacting health and wellness.

Review the recommended screenings below and commit to making routine wellness exams a priority. If anything is amiss, you and your healthcare team can identify health concerns or disease processes in the early stages, addressing them before they worsen and improving outcomes. If everything comes back normal, you can find peace of mind in knowing you are living a physically healthy life.

Do not delay your screenings because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our team remains available and prepared to meet all of your healthcare needs – including wellness exams, screenings and diagnostics.


In your 20s:

  • Physical exam (every 1-3 years to age 49)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol test
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • HIV test (annually if sexually active and at an increased risk)
  • Cervical cancer/Pap test with HPV screening (every 3 years ages 21-29 or when a female becomes sexually active)
  • Glaucoma test (at least once a year)
  • Skin cancer test (annually)
  • Testicular cancer (annually)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (if at risk)

In your 30s:

  • Physical exam (every 1-3 years to age 49)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol test
  • Cervical cancer/Pap test (every 5 years ages 30-65, with HPV test)
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Glaucoma test (at least once a year)
  • Skin cancer test (annually)
  • Testicular cancer (annually)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (if at risk)

In your 40s:

  • Physical exam (every 1-3 years to age 49)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol test
  • Screening Mammogram (every year starting at age 40)
  • Cervical cancer/Pap test (every 5 years ages 30-65, with HPV test)
  • Annual breast exam
  • Colorectal cancer/colonoscopy for both men and women (every 10 years starting at age 45)
  • Glaucoma test (at least once a year)
  • HIV test (annually if sexually active and at an increased risk)
  • Skin cancer test (annually)
  • Diabetes (fasting sugar every 3 years starting at age 45)
  • Testicular cancer (annually)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (if at risk)

In your 50s:

  • Physical exam (every year)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol test
  • Mammogram (every year starting at age 40)
  • Cervical cancer/Pap test (every 5 years to age 65, with HPV test)
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Colorectal cancer/colonoscopy for both men and women
  • Glaucoma test (at least once a year)
  • Skin cancer test
  • Diabetes (fasting sugar every 3 years)
  • Prostate cancer (annually)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (if at risk)
  • Lung cancer screening (at least a 30-pack year smoking history; number 1 cause of cancer-related deaths)

In your 60s and beyond:

  • Physical exam (every year)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol test
  • Mammogram (every year starting at age 40)
  • Cervical cancer/Pap test (every 5 years to age 65, with HPV test)
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Colorectal cancer/colonoscopy (every 10 years to age 75, not recommended after age 85; men: every 10 years starting at age 50)
  • Glaucoma test (at least once a year)
  • Skin cancer test
  • Bone density/osteoporosis (every 2 years starting at age 65)
  • Diabetes (fasting sugar every 3 years)
  • Prostate cancer (annually)
  • Sexually transmitted infections (if at risk)

Source: U.S. Preventative Services Task Force


Recommended screenings may vary based on your family history, personal health history and a variety of other factors. Talk to your primary care provider about what screenings and exam intervals are right for you – our compassionate providers are here to make and keep you well.

If you are overdue for your wellness exam or recommended screenings, make an appointment today. Your health needs don’t stop because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and neither do we.

If you have concerns about in-office visits, speak to your provider. Your healthcare team may be able to meet your needs over the phone using telemedicine.

If you currently do not have a primary care provider, Fairfield Healthcare Professionals (FHP) offers expert primary care in several convenient locations. Find an office and provider near you.


 

Primary Care Offices

When you choose Fairfield Healthcare Professionals as your care provider, you are now receiving care from not only one provider, but also a network of expert medical professionals who collaborate together to provide patients and their families with excellence in healthcare.

Our primary care and specialty services can be found across Fairfield and surrounding counties.

FHP Family Medicine of Amanda

5115 Amanda Northern Road, Amanda
740-969-4828

FHP Primary Care of Diley Ridge

7901 Diley Road, Ste. 120, Canal Winchester
614-829-6138

FHP Family Medicine of Carroll

82 E. Canal St., Carroll
740-756-4589

FHP Internal Medicine

2405 N. Columbus St., Ste. 280, Lancaster
740-689-4470

FHP Internal Medicine Residency Clinic

2405 N. Columbus St., Ste. 260, Lancaster
740-687-8397

FHP Old Schoolhouse Family Practice

1955 Lancaster-Newark Road NE, Lancaster
740-689-2820

FHP Logan Primary Care

751 State Route 664 N., Unit A, Logan
740-385-964

FHP Primary Care of New Lexington

399 Lincoln Park Dr., Ste. A
740-343-4447