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Preventive Health Care Guidelines

The following are suggested guidelines for the health patient. They are based on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, American Cancer Society and other national and local recommendations. The best preventive care measure is to talk with your physician.

Screening*

Routine Screening Recommendations**

Rationale

Health Maintenance Exam

Annually

To identify treatable problems early

Mammogram

Annually for women starting at age 40

Early detection of breast cancer

Pap Smear

At onset of sexual activity or age 18 (whichever comes first) and screening at least every 3 years

Early detection of cervical cancer

Digital Rectal Exam and PSA

Annually for men 50 years of age or older

Early detection of prostate cancer

Colonoscopy

Every 10 years starting at age 50

Prevention and early detection of colon cancer

Fasting Lipid Panel

Every 5 years for persons age 20 and older

Prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease

DXA Scan

Every 2 years starting at menopause

Men with risk factors as per physician’s recommendation

Measures bone density to detect and treat osteoporosis and prevent fractures

Dilated Eye Exam

Every 2 years starting at age 40

Prevent vision loss and treat eye disease

Vaccinations

Tetanus-dipththeria, a booster every 10 years

Flu, annually

Pneumonia, initial vaccination at age 65

Prevent and decrease the spread of communicable diseases

Discuss with your primary care physician: Diet, Exercise, Smoking Cessation, Injury Prevention, and Alcohol/Drug Abuse

* Check your health plan coverage for preventive health visits and screening exams.

** Discuss with your physician any family history of colon cancer, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, heart disease or other health risks which may result in more frequent screening recommendations.

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