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I’m in my 50s. What are some medical checks that will help me stay healthy?

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If you’re in your 50s, make regular visits to your dentist, and do these other things regularly:

  • Check your skin for unusual spots or moles. Ask your doctor to check your skin once a year too.
  • Get eye exams every 1 to 2 years until age 60, and then every year after that. Go more often if you have vision problems or are likely to get them.
  • Check your immunizations. Get a flu shot every year and a tetanus booster shot every 10 years. Consider hepatitis A and B vaccines if you haven’t had them.

From: Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

SOURCES: 

 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Optometric Association. 

American Diabetes Association. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

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