Common Screenings for Men and Women

October 2, 2018  |  Wellness

- info from Humana Prevention & Care

Common health screenings for men and women:

  • Cholesterol screening/lipid profile - Start screenings at age 20, and every 5 years afterward.

  • Diabetes screening - Ask your doctor how often you should get screened.

  • Bone mineral density tests - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your bone density tested starting at age 65.

  • Colon cancer screening - If you are age 50 to 75, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. If colorectal cancer runs in your family, you may need to get tested before age 50.

  • Eye exams and vision screening - Asymptomatic adults should be screened every 1 to 3 years or more frequently if you have diabetes.

  • Hearing test - Most adults should be screened every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50.

  • Skin cancer screening - You can start at any age. You should also check yourself by looking carefully at your skin each month for a new growth or changes to moles you already have.

  • Vitamin D test - This screening is a simple blood test, and will be recommended by your doctor depending on your age and health condition.

  • Dental exam - See your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Gum, tooth, and mouth health is linked to overall physical health.

  • C-reactive protein (CRP) test - Take this test when recommended by your doctor to check for inflammation. Results may indicate infection or chronic inflammatory disease.

Health screenings for women:

  • Gestational diabetes screening - If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor about this screening.

  • Pelvic exam and pap smear - Talk to your doctor about when and how often to get a pelvic exam and pap smear.

  • Mammograms - The American Cancer Society recommends women age 55 and older get a mammogram every two years, or annually.

Health screenings for men:

  • Prosate screening - The American Cancer Society suggests talking to your doctor about the pros and cons of prostate screening by the age of 50, or earlier if you are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer.