Tests To Review With Your Doctor

25 Jan

Some important health screenings can’t be done by your GP. But if you show her this list, she can help you figure out which of the following you need this year and where to get them (as well as give you any referrals you may need.)

Bone mineral density test If your over 50, ask your doctor if you need what’s called a DXA or DEXA scan, a low-dose x-ray that measures bone density and predicts risk of fractures

Dental exam  Get a cleaning and check-up every 6 months.

Colonoscopy  You’ll need this colon screening every 5 to 10 years after age 50.

Hearing test If you’re turning 65 or older this year, ask your GP to suggest an audiologist.

Mammogram  While recommendations vary, the American Cancer Society advises you to get this breast cancer screening annually, starting at age 40.

Vision test From 40 to 64, have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist or optometrist every 1 to 3 years: age 65 is the time to ramp to every 1 to 2 years.
Source: Prevention magazine January 2013

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