Regular health screenings are essential for detecting and preventing potential health complications early.
What should we screen for regularly, as adults?
Here are some recommended health screenings to consider:
Blood pressure screening
High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. It’s recommended that adults have their blood pressure checked at least once every two years.
Cholesterol levels screening
High levels of cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Adults should have their cholesterol levels checked every 4-6 years, or more frequently if they have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease.
Diabetes is a common condition that can lead to serious health complications.
Adults should be screened for diabetes every 3 years starting at age 45, or earlier if they have risk factors such as obesity or a family history of diabetes.
Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer can often be prevented or treated if detected early. Adults should be screened starting at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Breast cancer screening
Women should have regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer starting at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors.