Screenings You'll Need

It’s no surprise that men and women of different ages need different health screenings. We’ve put together a list below that’s based on advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Screenings are aimed at catching diseases early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. They’re also covered by your benefits at no cost.

Select your age range and gender to see which screenings you may need to schedule.

Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80.
Every year if it's between 120/80 and 139/89.
More often if it measures 140/90 or higher. Your provider will discuss a schedule with you.
Breast cancer screening (mammogram) 1 time between ages 35-40 to get a "baseline"- an image they'll use for comparison at your next mammogram. Discuss the best timing with your provider, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) Every 3 years if you're 21 and up and have a cervix.
Every 5 years you can get a Pap test and an HPV test together if you have a cervix
Chlamydia test Yearly through age 24 if you are sexually active or pregnant.
Regularly starting at age 25 if you are at increased risk. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk.
Cholesterol test Regularly starting at age 20 if you are at increased risk of heart disease. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk and how often you need the test.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80.
Every year if it's between 120/80 and 139/89.
More often if it measures 140/90 or higher. Your provider will discuss a schedule with you.
Breast cancer screening (mammogram) Every 1 to 2 years at age 40 and over. Discuss this with your provider, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) Every 5 years, you can get a Pap test and an HPV test together if you have a cervix.
Chlamydia test Regularly if you are sexually active, pregnant or at increased risk. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk.
Cholesterol test Regularly if you are at increased risk of heart disease. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk and how often you should be tested.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80. Every year if it's between 120/80 and 139/89. More often if it measures 140/90 or higher. Your provider will discuss a schedule with you.
Bone mineral density test Testing is encouraged if you are at risk of osteoporosis. Talk to your provider to see if you are at risk.
Breast cancer screening (mammogram) Every 1 to 2 years.
Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) Every 5 years, you can get a Pap test and an HPV test together if you have a cervix.
Chlamydia test Regularly if you are sexually active or at increased risk. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk.
Cholesterol test Regularly if you're at increased risk for heart disease. Talk with your provider about whether you're a risk and how often you should be tested.
Colorectal screening Needed regularly. Several types of tests are offered. Talk to your provider about what's right for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Needed if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test includes a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80.
Every year if it's between 120/80 and 139/89.
More often if it measures 140/90 or higher. Your provider will discuss a schedule with you.
Bone mineral density test 1 time at age 65 and up. Talk to your provider about repeat testing.
Breast cancer screening (mammogram) Every 1 to 2 years through age 74.
If you're 75 and up, ask your provider.
Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) Ask your provider if you need a Pap test.
Chlamydia test Regularly if you are sexually active or at increased risk. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk.
Cholesterol test Regularly if you're at increased risk for heart disease. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk and how often you should be tested.
Colorectal screening Needed regularly. Several types of tests are offered. Talk to your provider about what's right for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Needed if you are overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test includes a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every 3 to 5 years if you have no risk factors. Risks may include being African American, having high readings in the past and/or being overweight. Talk to your provider about what's right for you.
Cholesterol test Regularly at age 20 to 35 if you are at increased risk of heart disease. Talk with your provider about whether you're at risk.
Regularly as your provider advises starting at age 35.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every year.
Cholesterol test Regular testing as your provider advises.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Blood pressure test Every year.
Cholesterol test Regular testing as your provider advises.
Colorectal cancer screening Needed regularly. Several types of tests are offered. Talk to your provider about what's right for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.
Screening/Text When it's needed
Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening 1 time if you are age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked.
Blood pressure test Every year.
Cholesterol test Regular testing as your provider advises.
Colorectal screening Needed regularly. Several types of tests are offered. Talk to your provider about what's right for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Regularly if you're overweight and at increased risk of heart disease. The test will include a screening of blood sugar levels to determine diabetes.
Obesity screening Every year.

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