By Anahad O’Connor
May 5, 2021
After getting vaccinated for Covid-19, some people are scheduling doctors’ appointments they may have put off for a year or more. Here’s a handy list of screenings and procedures you need at every age.
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— Get your tetanus booster every 10 years and your flu shot annually.
— Find out if you’re at risk for diabetes. The older you are, the higher your risk.
— Check your blood pressure (every 2 years).
— Check your cholesterol (every 4 to 6 years, or more if you have a high risk of heart disease).
STARTING IN YOUR 40S
— Get screened for colon cancer. People at average risk of colorectal cancer should begin regular screening at 45. You are at average risk if you do not have: a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps; a history of colitis, Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases; hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome; or a history of radiation treatments in your abdominal or pelvic areas.
STARTING IN YOUR 50S
— You may need a daily aspirin. Discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.
— Get the shingles vaccine.
— For women, get a regular breast exam. Women who are average risk should get screened every other year starting at age 50.
— For men, begin prostate screening at 55.
IN YOUR 60S AND BEYOND
— Get your bone density tested, and get the pneumonia vaccine.