Checklist for Your Next Check-up

Breast Cancer: Have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years starting at age 40.

Cervical Cancer: Have a Pap smear every 1 to 3 years if you have ever been sexually active or between the ages of 21 and 65.

Colorectal Cancer: Have a test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier.

Osteoporosis (Thinning of the Bones): Have a bone density test beginning at age 65 to screen for osteoporosis. If you are between the ages of 60 and 64 and weigh 154 lbs. or less, talk to your doctor about being tested.

High Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol checked regularly starting at age 45. If you are younger than 45, talk to your physician about whether to have your cholesterol checked if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, heart disease runs in your family, or if you smoke.

High Blood Pressure: Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.

Diabetes: Have a test for diabetes if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Depression: Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. If you have felt "down," sad, or hopeless over the last 2 weeks or have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things, you may be depressed. Talk to your doctor about being screened for depression.

Chlamydia and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections: Have a test for chlamydia if you are 25 or younger and sexually active. If you are older, talk to your doctor about being tested. Also ask whether you should be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases.

HIV: Have a test to screen for HIV infection if you have had unprotected sex with multiple partners, are pregnant, have used or now use injection drugs, currently or have ever exchanged sex for money or drugs or have had partners that do, have past or present sex partners who are HIV-infected, are bisexual, or use injection drugs, are being treated for sexually transmitted diseases or have had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985.

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