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While there's not one definitive approach to preventative care, medical experts have developed guidelines for testing and screenings in hopes of catching concerns while they are still treatable. Your family history and new research can lead to your doctor adding and subtracting from the recommendations, a fact you should keep in mind before deciding on what tests you feel most comfortable with.

In general, the following testing and screening recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force can keep you on track:

Blood pressure check

Bone marrow density test (screening for osteoporosis)

Breast cancer screening (physical exams and mammograms/ultrasounds)

Cervical cancer screening (PAP test)

Cholesterol test 

Chlamydia (if sexually active)

Colorectal cancer screening (fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy)

Diabetes screening

Eye exam/glaucoma testing

Gonorrhea testing (if sexually active)

HIV testing (if sexually active)

Syphilis test (if sexually active)

Vitamin D levels

You should also talk honestly with your doctor about alcohol and drug use, signs of depression, weight concerns, and exercise. Don't have a primary care doctor? Request an appointment with a Sentara Medical Group doctor.


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