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Screening, 65 Years and Older

As you age, the risk of developing some diseases increases. Routine checkups and screening tests are important for you to maintain good health.

How often you have the following tests depends on your age, your health, and things that increase your risk for specific diseases. Tests that may be done at your routine checkups include:

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  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for men.
  • Alcohol abuse (misuse) screening.
  • Blood pressure screening.
  • Breast cancer screening for women.
  • Cervical cancer screening for women.
  • Cholesterol screening.
  • Colorectal cancer screening.
  • Coronary artery disease risk screening.
  • Dental checkups.
  • Depression screening.
  • Diabetes type 2 screening.
  • Hearing tests.
  • HIV test.
  • Osteoporosis screening.
  • Prostate cancer screening for men.
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening.
  • Skin cancer screening.
  • Thyroid disease screening.
  • Tuberculosis screening.
  • Vision tests and glaucoma screening.

After reviewing all of the research, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has not recommended for or against routine screening for dementia in older adults.1

Monitor your weight, and see your doctor if you suddenly or consistently gain or lose weight. For more information, see the topics Weight Management and Obesity.

Sometimes doctors automatically schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But sometimes research shows that testing may not be useful or worth the risks or costs. For example, experts say that routine heart tests can be a waste of time and money. For more information, see Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?


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Last Updated: August 15, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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