What does this tool measure?
This interactive tool asks you questions about your health and your
health history. Then it creates a list of screening tests you may need. This
tool is for adults age 21 and older who are not pregnant. If you are not in
this group, talk to your doctor about the screening tests that are best for
Screening for a disease means having a test to find out if
you have a disease when symptoms first appear or even before they appear.
Screening is important, because the sooner your doctor diagnoses a disease, the
more likely it can be cured or managed. Managing a disease, especially when you
first get it, may reduce its impact on your life or prevent or delay serious
The tool uses the current recommendations of the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). USPSTF
recommendations are sometimes different from those of other professional
organizations, such as the American Cancer Society or the American College of
Physicians. Always talk with your doctor to decide which screening tests are
best for you and how often you may need them.
The tool asks you
- Gender and age. Your
gender and/or age may raise your chances of getting certain
- Blood pressure.
Blood pressure is given as two numbers separated by a
slash. For example, 120/80 is read as "120 over 80." High blood pressure may
put you at risk for heart problems.
- Diabetes. Having
diabetes puts you at risk for other
Cholesterol and other fats are found in your blood.
The level of cholesterol in your blood may put you at risk for heart problems.
- Family history. If others in your family
currently have or have had high cholesterol levels, or have had a heart attack
or a stroke, you may be at risk for heart problems.
- Lifestyle. Your lifestyle may put you at risk for certain
diseases. Try not to be embarrassed by or angry with questions about your sex
life or tobacco use. If you answer the questions honestly, you may prevent
future health problems. The information you provide is confidential. It is
deleted as soon as you close or exit the tool.