The following guidelines can help you and your family maintain good health. Remember, all prevention activities must be individualized; the guidelines below apply to people with average risk. Talk with your doctor about your personal health care needs.
AGE: 17 - 64 YEARS
Avoiding tobacco/alcohol/drug use
Safe sexual practices
Basic physical exam
Weight, height, and BMI
Basic diagnostic tests
Cervical cancer screening, Pap smear: at least every 3 yrs. Click here to get an email reminding you of your next Pap smear test.
Breast cancer screening: mammogram & clinical breast exam: women over 40, every 1 - 2 yrs.
Total cholesterol, every 5 yrs.
Colorectal cancer screening for age 50 and over: annual fecal occult blood test and/or sigmoidoscopy every 5 yrs or colonoscopy every 10 years. Double contrast barium enema is an option also.
For high risk patients: varicella, hepatitis A, TB, flu, and pneumonia vaccines
Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster: every 10 yrs.
Other primary preventive measures
Multivitamin with folic acid: females planning/capable of pregnancy