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At different stages of our life we need different medical tests, examinations and screenings to stay healthy.  If you are unsure of any of the screenings or exams, talk to your health care professional.  Your doctor will be able to tell you if you are at risk, your options, how often you need a screening, and they can also recommend another doctor or clinic if a certain screening cannot be done with them.

Some screenings you will need include:

  • Pap Test:  All women should be tested for cervical cancer every year.  Testing should begin before becoming 21 years of age.  Talk with your doctor about when you should begin this screening and how often.  People who are sexually active or have a weakened immune system sometimes need to have the test more tested more frequently.
  • Clinical Beast Exam:  A self breast exam once in a month is very important to a woman's health, but a clinical breast exam is also important.  About every three years is recommended for a woman in her 20s.
  • Blood Pressure:  Your blood pressure should be checked for high blood pressure every one to two years.
  • Cholesterol:  Testing for cholesterol should be done every five years unless you have a family history that would put you at risk for high cholesterol.  Talk with your doctor about good and bad cholesterol and ask how often they recommend you be tested.
  • Diabetes Screening:  Find out the your risks for diabetes.  If you have a family history of diabetes, you may be asked to take a blood test to check your blood glucose levels.
  • Dental Exam:  Your oral health is just as important.  Visit the dentist regularly and scheduling regular checkups every six months.
  • Complete Eye Exam:  If you have vision problems or a family history of eye problems, you should visit an eye care specialist.  They will recommend how often you will need an eye exam.


  • Tetanus:  You should receive a tetanus booster every 10 years after receiving a primary shot.
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella:  If you haven't been previously vaccinated or don't have a record of having it, it is recommended for people between the ages of 19 and 49.
  • Meningococcal:  Recommended for young adults.  It is a vaccine that prevents different strains of meningitis.
  • Hepatitis B:  Recommended for all young adults who have not been immunized previously and for anyone who is at high risk for infection.
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