Pick A Date For Good Health

Did you remember to get your health screenings this year? To make sure you don’t miss yours, set your appointments for a day that is special to you, like your birthday or that of a loved one.

Here are several routine screenings or exams that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends for adults (check your coverage to see which screenings may be covered):

SCREENING
Blood pressure, weight, depression, tobacco use and alcohol/substance abuse
FREQUENCY 
At each office visit.
SCREENING
High cholesterol.
FREQUENCY
Every five years starting at age 45, or sooner if you are at high risk.

SCREENING
Cervical cancer 
(Pap smear)
FREQUENCY
At least every three years, beginning within three years of first sexual activity or at age 21 (whichever comes first).

SCREENING
Chlamydia
FREQUENCY
At least every three years beginning within three years of first sexual activity.

SCREENING
Breast cancer
FREQUENCY
Every one or two years for women age 40 or older.

SCREENING
Colorectal cancer
FREQUENCY
Every one to five years for men and women age 50 or older, depending on the type of test. More frequently if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.


Ask your doctor about recommended age- and gender-specific screenings you need. Find a GMC-affiliated physician at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physicians.

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