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Published on January 09, 2019

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Nine screenings that can save your life

When it comes to maintaining your best possible health, it is important to stay current on your health screenings.

Here are nine screenings that can detect health problems early and help you live a longer, healthier life:.

1. Blood pressure:

Adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years.

2. Cholesterol:

Starting at age 20, a fasting cholesterol test should be done every five years.

3. Fasting blood sugar/glucose:

Most adults should have their fasting blood sugar measured every three years to screen for diabetes.

4. Mammography:

(breast cancer screening) Women should discuss with their primary care provider when and how often to be screened. Most women should be screened every one or two years, starting at age 40.

5. Pap smear:

(cervical cancer screening) Women ages 21 to 29, every three years; ages 30 to 65, every three to five years (five years if a human papilloma virus test is done at the same time).

6. Colonoscopy:

(colorectal cancer screening) Adults ages 50 to 75 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years or an annual stool sample.

7. Bone mineral density:

(osteoporosis screening) Women ages 65 and older should be screened at least once.

8. Hepatitis C:

Adults born between 1945 and 1965 are encouraged to be screened once.

9. Depression and anxiety:

Adults should be screened for depression and anxiety at every wellness exam.

We also recommend that if you currently smoke or have ever smoked heavily, you should be screened yearly for lung cancer between ages 55 and 77, and men should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm once between ages 65 and 75.

These guidelines are recommended for a person with average health risks. Ask your primary care provider if these guidelines are right for you or call the nearest Gundersen clinic.

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