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Stay Healthy

Preventive Care

Preventive care can help you avoid getting sick and identify potential problems earlier, when they are easier to treat. Talk to your Primary Care Provider about scheduling your preventive health screenings today.

Routine Checkups

Includes personal history, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), physical exam, preventive screening, and counseling


Cancer Screenings

Colorectal Cancer

Colonoscopy at age 50 and then every 10 years, or annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT) plus sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years

Skin Cancer

Annual total skin exam at discretion of clinician

Breast Cancer (Women)

Annual clinical breast exam and monthly self-exam

Annual mammogram at discretion of clinician

Cervical Cancer (Women)

Initial Pap test at 3 years after first sexual intercourse, or by age 21
Pap test every 1-3 years, depending on risk factors

Testicular and Prostate Cancer (Men)

Annual digital rectal exam (DRE) or prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test at discretion of clinician

Other Recommended Screenings

Body Mass Index (BMI)

At discretion of clinician (can be screened annually; consult the CDC's growth and BMI charts for weight and eating disorder guidelines)

Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

At every acute/non-acute medical encounter and at least once every 2 years


Every 5 years or more often at discretion of clinician

Diabetes (Type 2)

Every 3 years, beginning at age 45, or more often and beginning at a younger age at discretion of clinician

Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

BMD testing for all post-menopausal women who have one or more risk factors for osteoporosis fractures

Infectious Disease Screening

Sexually Transmitted Infections
(Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HPV)

Annual screenings for sexually active patients under 25 and for at-risk patients age 25 and over
HPV vaccine is for women age 26 and under, if not previously vaccinated

Sensory Screenings

Eye Exam for Glaucoma

Every 1-2 years

Hearing and Vision Assessment

At discretion of clinician


Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td)

3 doses if not previously immunized
Booster every 10 years; one booster during adulthood should be with the adult dTaP (tetanus booster with acellular pertussis) vaccine




Once after age 65, even if previously vaccinated

Meningococcal (Meningitis)

1 or more doses if not previously immunized, depending on risk factors and other indicators

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

2 doses given at or after age 13 if susceptible

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