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Your preventive care checklist

Are you getting the preventive care you need? Unfortunately, many people are missing out when it comes to regular checkups and screenings.

Check out the recommendations we’ve compiled for men and women in different age groups. Then see what’s covered by your plan. These suggestions are based on recommendations from several preventive care task forces and expert organizations.

However, remember that everyone’s health is different. The most important part of preventive care is a regular visit to a primary care doctor who can make recommendations tailored just for you.

Men 18-39

Physical exam Annually
Flu shot Annually, in fall
Other immunizations Ask your doctor which ones are right for you
Dental exam and cleaning Every six months or annually


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Vision exam If you have vision problems or wear corrective lenses
Diabetes/blood glucose screening If you are overweight or have risk factors for diabetes or high blood pressure
Cholesterol screening If you smoke, are overweight, or have risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes
STD screening If you have risk factors for sexually transmitted diseases
Skin exam Periodically, if you have risk factors for skin cancer


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Women 18-39

Physical exam Annually
Flu shot Annually, in fall
Other immunizations Ask your doctor which ones are right for you
Dental exam and cleaning Every six months or annually
Reproductive health screening Annual pelvic exam and periodic screenings like Pap tests


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Vision exam If you have vision problems or wear corrective lenses
Diabetes/blood glucose screening If you are overweight or have risk factors for diabetes or high blood pressure
Cholesterol screening If you smoke, are overweight, or have risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes
Skin exam Periodically, if you have risk factors for skin cancer


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Men 40 and over

Physical exam Annually
Flu shot Annually, in fall
Other immunizations Ask your doctor which ones are right for you
Dental exam and cleaning Every six months or annually
Cholesterol screening Every 5 years


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Colon cancer screening Starting at age 50, either colonoscopy every 10 years or FIT test annually
Diabetes/blood glucose screening If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or have risk factors for diabetes
STD screening If you have risk factors for sexually transmitted diseases
Skin exam Periodically, if you have risk factors for skin cancer
Baseline eye disease screening At age 50


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Women 40 and over

Physical exam Every 1-2 years
Cholesterol screening If you smoke, are overweight, or have risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes
Flu shot Annually, in fall or winter
Other immunizations Ask your doctor which ones are right for you
Dental exam and cleaning Every six months or annually
Reproductive health screening Annual pelvic exam and periodic screenings like Pap tests
Mammogram Every 1-2 years


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Colon cancer screening Starting at age 50, either colonoscopy every 10 years or FIT test annually
Diabetes/blood glucose screening If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or have risk factors for diabetes
Bone density test Once at age 65, earlier if you have risk factors for osteoporosis
Skin exam Periodically, if you have risk factors for skin cancer
Baseline eye disease screening At age 50


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