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know when to test

Screening tests Ages 18-39 Ages 40-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65+
Blood pressure Every two years if normal

Annually if between 120/80 and 139/89

Discuss treatment if higher than 140/90
Every two years if normal

Annually if between 120/80 and 139/89

Discuss treatment if higher than 140/90 
Every two years if normal

Annually if between 120/80 and 139/89

Discuss treatment if higher than 140/90 
Every two years if normal

Annually if between 120/80 and 139/89

Discuss treatment if higher than 140/90 
Osteoporosis screening N/A N/A Discuss with provider if at risk Every two years through age 74
Over 75, ask provider
Breast cancer screening Discuss with provider if at increased risk Annually (general recommendation) Every two years  Every two years through age 74; ask provider age 75 and older
Cervical cancer screening
(Pap smear)
First should be at age 21

Every two years up to age 30

Age 30 and beyond, every 2-3 years (ask provider)
Every 3 years; if negative, every 5 years Every 3 years Ask provider
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) Test for STDs if sexually active and at increased risk. If pregnant, get tested for HIV. Test for STDs if sexually active and at increased risk. If pregnant, get tested for HIV.  Test for STDs if sexually active and at increased risk. Test for STDs if sexually active and at increased risk.
Cholesterol test Test between age 20 and 45 if at increased risk of heart disease  Every five years after age 44, or more frequently if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions Every five years, or more frequently if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other conditions If normal, recheck every three to five years, or more frequently if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other conditions 
Colorectal cancer screening    Starting at age 35, annual rectal exam Starting at age 50; ask provider about type of test and appropriate frequency Continue testing through age 75