Most of us know that the key to a long, healthy life is prevention. Part of preventing disease involves a combination of healthy habits (diet, exercise, rest, etc.) and visiting your primary care physician for routine health screenings. 

Many illnesses can be treated much more effectively if they are detected early. For this reason, you should do your best to complete screenings suggested by your PCP at regular intervals. To help you stay on track, we have created a guide to some of the more common health screenings by age. (Remember that the exact age for the tests and their frequency will be based on your personal history and your doctor’s recommendation.)

Health Screenings to Complete in Your 20s

a guide for health screenings in 20s

 

Yes, even in your 20s, you should be working with your primary care doctor to monitor for certain diseases. Twenty-somethings are not immune to illness, including high blood pressure and certain types of cancers. 

Women

Annually

Every 2 Years

Every 3 Years

Every 10 Years

Men

Annually

Every 2 years

Every 10 Years

Health Screenings to Complete in Your 30s

graphic for health screenings in 30s

Between the ages of 30 and 39, you will add a few more routine screenings to your checklist. At this stage of life, for example, you will be monitored for early signs of diabetes and high cholesterol. You will keep the same routine screenings and their frequency and add the following to your schedule:

Women

Every 3 Years

Every 5 Years

Men

Every 5 Years

Routine Screenings for Patients in Their 40s

chart for routine health screenings at age 50

In addition to the screenings you were receiving in your thirties, you will now be monitored for additional diseases of the male and female reproductive system. You will continue your screenings schedule and frequency from when you were in your thirties, and your doctor may add the following:

Women

Annually

Every 3 Years

Men

Common Health Exams in Your 50s

health screenings for age 50

50-year-olds can expect additional testing every year or every few years. Your primary care doctor will likely suggest screenings for heart disease and colorectal diseases. 

Women

Annually

Every 10 Years

Men

Every 3 Years

Health Screenings in Your 60s

health screenings for seniors aged 60 onwards

From age 60 onwards, certain types of screenings may become more frequent. Your doctor may also recommend the following:

Women

Every 3-5 Years

At Doctor’s Discretion:

Men 

Every 2-3 Years

At Doctor’s Discretion:

Staying Healthy Starts With Primary Care

A crucial part of keeping you and your loved ones involves forming a relationship with a primary care provider. Your PCP will be your first stop in detecting and monitoring common ailments, and will help you complete additional exams as you age. 

If you are looking for a family doctor near you, contact the Crane Center in Destin, Florida. Dr. Timothy Tuel is a board-certified family physician with nearly three decades of experience treating patients of all ages. Go online or call today to book your new patient appointment.