Helping you stay healthy is our priority.  That's why we provide you with the latest preventive health recommendations. As you view the guidelines, remember that your doctor will recommend preventive services based on your individual health needs.


Ages 20 to 49 Years
  • Health maintenance visit: Every 1-2 years
Ages 50+ Years
  • Health maintenance visit: Annually
Women Ages 20+ Years
  • Women’s wellness visits: Annually

Health Screenings

Along with health education and a physical exam, your doctor will include discussions about certain health screenings based your individual health needs.

19 to 64+ Years Old
  • Abnormal glucose and Diabetes Type 2: Age 40-70 years
  • Alcohol use
  • Aspirin therapy - Low dose
    • Men and Women: 50-59 years
    • Pregnant Women: At high risk for preeclampsia after 12 weeks of gestation
  • Blood pressure: At each visit
    • High blood pressure screening
  • Cholesterol: Men and Women 40 to 75 years as recommended by your doctor
  • Colorectal cancer:  Beginning at age 50 years through age 75 years (Note: Procedures to treat any abnormal findings require a copayment, even if performed at the same time as the screening)
  • Depression
  • Height & weight: At each visit
  • Hepatitis B: If at risk
  • Hepatitis C: If at risk
  • HIV: Adolescents and Adults aged 15-65+ if at risk
  • Obesity and body mass index (BMI)
  • Syphilis
  • Tobacco and substance use
  • Tuberculosis (TB) skin test: If at risk or as recommended by your doctor
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: At age 65+ years who have ever smoked
  • Breast cancer: At Age 40+ years - annual mammogram* or as recommended by your doctor
  • Breast cancer medications: If at increased risk for breast cancer
  • Breast exam:
    • Clinical (by a physician): Age 20 to 39 years every 1-3 years; age 40+ annually
    • Self-exam: Starting in their 20s or as recommended by your doctor
  • Cervical Cancer Screening with Pap smear
    • Beginning at age 21 to 29 every 3 years
    • Age 30 to 65 years: Pap and HPV combined every 5 years
  • Chlamydia: Age 24 years and younger who are sexually active; woman 24+ at increased risk
  • Folic Acid: Women planning or capable of pregnancy
  • Genetic Risk Assessment: If at increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer
  • Gonorrhea: Age 24 years and younger who are sexually active; older women at increased risk
  • Intimate partner violence: Childbearing age group
  • Mammograms*: See Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis: At age 65+ years and women under 65 who are at risk for fractures

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Pregnant Women:
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Alpha fetoprotein: Age 35+ years or if at increased risk
  • Anemia
  • Asymptomatic bacteriuria:
    • At 12 to 16 weeks gestation or,
    • At first prenatal visit
  • Cervical cancer: See above
  • Depression
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Group B streptococcus: At 35-37 weeks gestation
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • Prenatal exams:
    • First Visit: Within first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment
    • Up to Week 28: Monthly
    • Weeks 28 through 36: Twice a month
    • Weeks 36 to birth: Weekly
  • Postpartum exam: Between 21 and 56 days after delivery
  • PPD test: Those who are at risk and as recommended by your doctor
  • RH (D) Incompatibility: At first prenatal and at 24-48 weeks gestation
  • Rubella:  If exposed or as recommended by your doctor
  • Syphilis
  • Tobacco use

Health Education

During each visit, your doctor may discuss certain health topics based on age, gender and individual health care needs. Your doctor may want to discuss the following:

20-64 Years
  • Aspirin Therapy:
    • Men beginning at age 45
    • Women beginning at age 55
  • Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Healthy Weight
  • Healthy Diet
  • Immunizations
  • Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Sexual Behavior and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Tobacco/Substance Use and Avoidance
  • Chemoprevention for breast cancer: Women at high-risk
  • Self-breast Exams: Beginning at age 20+
Pregnant women or women considering pregnancy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Folic Acid
  • Tobacco and substance use and avoidance
  • Alcohol use and avoidance

Last review date: February 28, 2018

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