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Start 2024 off with a healthy habit: take the time to book all your routine health appointments. This will set the tone for a year of good health and self-care. Staying up to date on health screenings, checkups and vaccinations is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
General Screenings & Exams
- Dental Exam – Even if you do not have any known dental issues, it is generally recommended that you visit the dentist once or twice a year for a cleaning and examination.
- Eye Exam – Those with vision problems are advised to go for an annual eye exam. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests having a comprehensive eye examination once during your twenties, twice during your thirties, and more often after 40.
- Skin Exam – It's critical to stay aware of any unusual skin changes and seek advice from a dermatologist if you notice any abnormalities. Additionally, monthly self-examinations of moles are crucial for early detection.
- Cholesterol Screening – It is recommended that men begin regular screening for hyperlipidemia at age 35, while women should begin at age 45. After the initial screening, it is recommended to repeat the test every three to five years, depending on the results.
- Blood Pressure Testing – It is important that you get your blood pressure checked every three to five years to ensure it remains in the healthy range. If you are at higher risk, it is suggested that you get tested at least once a year. However, adults age 18 and older should be regularly screened during doctor visits.
- Colon & Rectal Exam - Adults are generally recommended to begin screening at age 50. However, for women and those with a family history of colon cancer, testing may be required earlier. Detecting the disease in its early stages can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment.
- Lung Cancer Screening - Individuals with a smoking history between the ages of 50 and 80, and those who currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years should undergo annual lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).
- Prostate Screening (Men) - Once men reach the age of 50, the American Cancer Society suggests they consult with their physician to make an informed decision about whether or not to undergo prostate cancer testing.
A Well-woman visit is a comprehensive checkup, separate from any other visits for sickness or injury. This should include a Pap test, HPV test, pelvic exam, clinical breast exam, and screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Clinical Breast Exam - For women in their 20s and 30s, it is suggested to schedule a routine exam every three years. However, once you hit 40 years of age, it's essential to undergo an annual preventive exam. Monthly self-examinations are beneficial as well.
- Mammogram - It is also recommended for women to undergo yearly mammograms from the age of 45 onwards, as long as their health is in good condition.
- Pap Testing - Starting at age 21, it is routine for women to begin cervical cancer screenings.
The flu, pneumococcal, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, and shingles vaccines are the common immunization recommendations. Speak with your doctor about your medical and vaccine history when selecting the most appropriate immunizations for you.
How We Help
The USFHP Primary Healthcare Plan provides routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative health care coverage, and specialty care. We’ve also developed incentive programs that reward our members for meeting certain health goals.
Remember, consult with your doctor to determine which exams are best for you and how often you should schedule them.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for more information or assistance with the Comprehensive Care benefits.