Health check: Top health screenings

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Even if you feel healthy, it is important to get the health screenings recommended by your doctor. Ask your doctor which health screenings are right for you.1

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Common health screenings for men and women:

  1. Cholesterol screening/lipid profile – Start screenings at age 20, and every 5 years afterward.2
  2. Diabetes screening – Ask your doctor how often you should get screened.
  3. Bone mineral density tests – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your bone density tested starting at age 65. Talk to your doctor about how often you should schedule these tests.3
  4. Colon cancer screening – If you are age 50 to 75, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. If colorectal cancer runs in your family, you may need to get tested before age 50. Talk with your doctor and ask about your risk for colorectal cancer.4
  5. Eye exams and vision screening – Asymptomatic adults should be screened every 1 to 3 years or more frequently if you have diabetes.5
  6. Hearing test – Most adults should be screened every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50.6
  7. Skin cancer screening – You can start at any age. You should also check yourself by looking carefully at your skin each month for a new mole growth or changes to moles you already have. Talk to your doctor about how often you should have your skin examined.7
  8. Vitamin D test – This screening is a simple blood test, and will be recommended by your doctor depending on your age and health condition.8
  9. Dental exam – See your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Gum, tooth, and mouth health is linked to overall physical health.9
  10. C-reactive protein (CRP) test – Take this test when recommended by your doctor to check for inflammation. Results may indicate infection or chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or heart disease.10

Health screenings for women

  1. Gestational diabetes screening – If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor about gestational diabetes testing.11
  2. Pelvic exam and pap smear – Talk to your doctor about when and how often to get a pelvic exam and pap smear.
  3. Mammograms – The American Cancer Society recommends women age 55 and older get a mammogram every two years, or annually.12

Just for men: prostate screening

The American Cancer Society suggests talking with your doctor about the pros and cons of prostate screening by the age of 50, or earlier if you are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer.12

MyHealth can help

Humana members can sign in to MyHumana to learn more about coverage for screenings and home test kits.

Humana members can keep track of their screenings on their MyHealth page.

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