Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 30, 2011
Because health screenings are important, OhioHealth is providing a check list for 2012. It’s a good idea to get your blood pressure checked, women need to have a mammogram, and eventually men should schedule a prostate exam.
Men and women are often unsure of how often to have screenings and what age to begin. Since a new year means a fresh start, OhioHealth has provided a list of 10 important check-ups everyone should consider.
Breast and testicular self-exam (Men and Women; Age 20+; Monthly)
Beginning at age 20, women – and men – should begin performing monthly breast self-examinations. Additionally, men should begin performing a testicular self-exam on a monthly basis.
Blood pressure exam (Men and Women; All Ages; Annual)
Knowing your blood pressure is important: whether you are a man or woman, 15 years old or 50 years old.
Dental Care Visit (Men and Women; All Ages; Biannual)
Dental health is important for men and women of all ages. It is strongly recommended that you have biannual check-ups to prevent cavities and remove harmful plaque.
Physical exam (Men and Women; Age 20+)
Physical exams are also important, but how frequently you should have them depends on your age. Men and Women ages 20-39 should schedule a physical check-up every 3 years, ages 40-49 every 2 years, and then every year after age 50.
Clinical breast exam (Women; Age 20+; Annual)
At 20 years of age, women should begin having annual clinical breast exams with their physician. Once women reach 40 years of age, they should begin scheduling an annual mammogram screening.
Prostate exam (Men; Age 40+; Annual)
Men should begin having a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test PSA screening and digital rectal exam every year, starting at age 50. African Americans and men with a family history should start at age 40.
Gynecological exam (Women; Age 13+; 1-3 Years)
Women should first have a gynecological pelvic exam between the ages of 13-15 and then schedule exams every 1-3 years, assuming they have had 3 consecutive normal tests.
STD screening (Men and Women)
Sexually active men and women who believe they might be at risk for STDs should consult with their physicians to determine an appropriate screening schedule.
Complete blood count/Urinalysis (Men and Women; Age 20+)
Starting at age 20, men and women should begin screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, as well as kidney and thyroid function. Men and women ages 20-39 should schedule a screening every 3 years, ages 40-49 every 2 years, and then every year after age 50.
Osteoporosis Screening (Postmenopausal Women)
Postmenopausal women should consult with their physicians to determine and appropriate schedule testing for signs of osteoporosis.