What are the specific screening recommendations for all adults?

Thaung M. Aung, MD
Internal Medicine
For regular screenings, start with an annual physical examination. Then, based on your age, family history and medical conditions, your doctor will recommend appropriate screenings.

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The following are recommended health screening tests for adults:
  • Complete eye exam: At least once between 20 and 29, twice between 30 and 39, every two to four years between 40 and 64, every one to two years after age 65.
  • Mole exam: Monthly mole self-exam, by a doctor every three years starting at age 20, every year after age 40.
  • Colonoscopy: Every five years after age 50 when there is no family history, sooner if there is a history.
  • Rectal exam: After age 50, every five to 10 years with each screening.
  • Fecal occult blood test: Yearly after age 50.
  • Tuberculosis skin test: After age 18, then as directed by physician.
  • Thyroid test (TSH): Start at age 35, then every five years.
  • Electrocardiogram: After age 18, then as directed by physician.
  • Cholesterol test: Start at age 20, then as directed by physician.
  • Hearing test: Starting at 18, every 10 years, after age 50 every three years.
  • Dental exam: One to two times every year.
  • Blood pressure test: Age 21 and over, at least every two years.
  • Blood glucose test: Start at age 45, then every three years.
  • Mammogram (for women): Every one to two years after age 40, annually after 50.
  • Pap Test and Pelvic exam (for women): Beginning at age 21, a Pap test every three years. After age 30, another option is to have a Pap test with an HPV test every five years. Women over 65 who have had regular tests with normal results do not need further tests.
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and Digital Rectal Exam Test (for men): After age 50, annually if recommended by physician.
  • Hepatitis C test: One-time screening if you were born between 1945 and 1965.

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