Don’t let the cost keep you from having these tests. Most health plans, including Medicare, pay for preventive procedures. Your doctor can help make the case and may be able to direct you to free or low-cost programs.
You should start getting your cholesterol tested at least once every 4 to 6 years starting at age 20. It’s done through a simple blood test.
Your chance of getting heart disease goes up as you age. If you’re in your 50s, it's very important to continue getting checked.
3. Mammogram: This is the best way to find breast cancer early. There's some debate about how often you should get one.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all women between ages 50 and 74 have a mammogram once every 2 years. The American Cancer Society says if you’re 45 and older, you should have one each year.
Talk with your doctor to figure out the best schedule for you, based on your family history and other risk factors.
4. Colon cancer screening test:Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. After 50, your chance of getting it increases. So unless you're at above-average risk, age 50 is when your doctor may recommend you start getting checked.