In your 20s and 30s
WOMEN

Check your weight - your weight -- or too much of it -- can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases.

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years.

Breast Exam, Pelvic Exam and Pap - a yearly clinical breast exam and 10 minutes of mild discomfort from the pelvic exam once every one to three years help protect you from cancer and diseases that can cause infertility.

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers once every three years.

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In your 20s and 30s
MEN

Check your weight - your weight (or too much of it) can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases.

Blood Pressure - your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) will thank you later.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years.

Testicular Exam - an annual testicular exam is important, testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in young men, and is curable if caught early.

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers once every three years.

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In your 40s
WOMEN

Blood Sugar - eating the wrong food (chocolate, hot dogs, fries, etc) plus weight gain (plus hormone changes) may have overworked your pancreas, which can lead to diabetes. Starting at age 45, be sure to get a fasting blood sugar test, and then at least once every three years.

Breast Exam and Mammogram - it's important that you check your breasts at home regularly and that your doctor does an exam annually. Most experts recommend adding a mammogram after age 40. (Work with your doctor to decide when you need yours).

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you. You can lower your blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years.

Check your weight - your weight -- or too much of it -- can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases (including diabetes and heart disease).

Pelvic Exam and Pap - ten minutes of mild discomfort from a pelvic exam once every one to three years help protect you from cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers once every three years.

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In your 40s
MEN

Blood Sugar - eating the wrong food (chocolate, hot dogs, fries, etc) plus weight gain (plus hormone changes) may have overworked your pancreas, which can lead to diabetes. Starting at age 45, be sure to get a fasting blood sugar test, and then at least once every three years.

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you. You can lower your blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years.

Check your weight - your weight -- or too much of it -- can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases (including diabetes and heart disease).

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers once every three years.

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In your 50s
WOMEN

Thyroid Hormone Test - your thyroid produces hormones needed for metabolism. Aging (and an erratic immune system) can cause a variety of problems, especially in women. Get a thyroid test at age 50 and then every five years.

The Rectal Exam - may give clues to treatable problems in your colon (colon cancer).

Check your weight - your weight -- or too much of it -- can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases (including diabetes and heart disease).

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you. You can lower your blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication. Untreated high blood pressure can weaken your heart, your brain, your eyes and your kidneys.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years. Controlling your cholesterol can add years to your life.

Blood Sugar - eating the wrong food (chocolate, hot dogs, fries, etc) plus weight gain (plus hormone changes) may have overworked your pancreas, which can lead to diabetes. Untreated diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. Get a fasting blood sugar test at least once every three years and take control of diabetes early.

Pelvic Exam and Pap - ten minutes of mild discomfort from a pelvic exam once every one to three years help protect you from cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Breast Exam and Mammogram - it's important that you check your breasts at home regularly and that your doctor does an exam annually. Having your doctor examine your breasts yearly for any changes can help detect breast cancer early and can save your breast and your life.

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers every year.

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In your 50s
MEN

The Rectal Exam - may give clues to treatable problems in your colon (colon or prostate cancer).

Check your weight - your weight -- or too much of it -- can put you at a higher risk for developing a number of diseases (including diabetes and heart disease).

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you. You can lower your blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication. Untreated high blood pressure can weaken your heart, your brain, your eyes and your kidneys.

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years. Controlling your cholesterol can add years to your life.

Blood Sugar - eating the wrong food (chocolate, hot dogs, fries, etc) plus weight gain (plus hormone changes) may have overworked your pancreas, which can lead to diabetes. Untreated diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. Get a fasting blood sugar test at least once every three years and take control of diabetes early.

Looking for Moles - your doctor should look for unusual moles or skin cancers every year.

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In your 60s and Up
Men and Women

Blood Pressure - a fast, and usually free, way to have your heart (and arteries, brain, eyes and kidneys) thank you. You can lower your blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medication. Untreated high blood pressure can weaken your heart, your brain, your eyes and your kidneys. Get your blood pressure checked by your doctor at least once a year.

Check your weight - muscle is replaced by fat as we get older and you don't burn calories as well as before because your body's metabolism is slowing down. Take notice of any weight gain.

The Rectal Exam - may give clues to treatable problems in your colon (colon cancer and prostate cancer in men). The rectal exam and a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) will tell if there are any masses or subtle bleeding that can not be seen with the naked eye.

Other Colon Cancer Screening Tests - Colonoscopy is just one of several tests that can be performed to look for colon cancer. A colonoscopy should be done every 10 years beginning at age 50. You may need to have a colonoscopy earlier and more frequently if you have risk factors.

Breast Exam and Mammogram (women only) - it's important that you your doctor does an exam annually. Having your doctor examine your breasts yearly for any changes can help detect breast cancer early and can save your breast and your life.

Pelvic Exam and Pap (women only) - ten minutes of mild discomfort from a pelvic exam once every one to three years help protect you from cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. Women over 60 can get cervical cancer or vaginal cancer. A pelvic exam can detect a host of other conditions that may affect your health and quality of life. (If you are over 65 years old and have had three negative pap smears in a row or have had a total hysterectomy, a pap smear can be omitted).

Protect Your Eyes - eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, are common with age. Have your eyes checked every year after the age of 65. Screening can preserve and maximize your vision. (Go more often if you have vision problems).

Hearing Test - at least 30% of people over 60 have some hearing loss, most of which is treatable.

Protect Your Bones - ask your doctor to refer you for a bone density test. Women should have a bone density test at age 65. If a woman is at a higher risk, a screening test should be done at age 60. (A bone density test can help detect osteoporosis).

Cholesterol Profile - you should know your cholesterol numbers, and get them checked at least once every five years. Controlling your cholesterol can add years to your life. High cholesterol levels are the major cause of heart attacks and strokes. High cholesterol levels can be treated by diet and medications.

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