A Wellbeing Screening Schedule

doctor talking to his mature woman patient

Health Exams

There have been a huge advance in medical research over the past twenty years, which has led to breakthroughs in the screening and treatment of diseases, such as breast cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer's. Medical research has increased the ability to determine the risk of developing or contracting certain diseases, as well as the importance of early intervention.

This is why it is crucial to understand which evaluations men, women and children may need to undergo through their primary care physician. Examinations and tests are among the first steps of preventative medicine. Health examinations are extremely precise and individualized. They are based on a person’s overall health, sex, genes and pre-existing conditions. Your physician may suggest additional tests for your child. The following are some examples of health exams that you may need:

Men:

doctor talking to his patient in the hospital 18-40 years old: General physical examination every one to two years.

21-40 years old: Prostate gland examination every two to three years .

40+ years of age: Prostate-related test. yearly.

40+ years old: General physical examination, yearly.

50+ years: Intestinal tract screening to detect cancer, every 5-10 years. 

50+ years old: Bone density tests.  

Women:

18-40 years old: Gynecological exam, yaerly

40+ years old: Physical exam, yearly

40+ years old: Mammogram, each and every year

50+ years old: Digestive tract melanoma tests, every 5-10 years

60+ years old: Weak bone testing, every 2-5 years  

All ages: Tetanus/Diphtheria tests, yearly 

All ages: Pap smear, every 1-3 years

Children:

Regular check-ups and immunizations are critical for children. Two weeks after birth, babies need to see a doctor for their first examinations., and then physical exams should be taken when they are 3, 5, 9, 14, 17 and 18 years old. Children aged two years and older should see a doctor once a year.

Of course children should see a doctor whenever they are injured, sick, or showing any symptoms that concern the parent. The child’s physician will determine a comprehensive schedule for immunizations, and will keep track of your child’s health records.

Always consult with a specialist if test results suggest a child requires treatment.