Preventative care includes health services like screenings, routine check-ups and counseling that are used to prevent illness and disease or detect illness early when treatment is likely to work best. Getting recommended preventative care and making lifestyle choices are key steps to good health and well being. A recent CDC report indicates that millions of infants, children, and adults did not receive preventative services. Many insurance plans provide these services at no cost, without charging co-pays or deductible payments.

  • Important screenings to consider:
    • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Men aged 65-75 who have ever smoked
    • Alcohol use
    • Birth control
    • Blood pressure: should be checked at least 1-2 times per year
    • Bone density screening: women aged 65 and older (younger woman at higher risk of osteoporosis)
    • Breast cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease screening
    • Cervical cancer
    • Child development
    • Cholesterol: men 35 yo and older and women 20 and older who are at high risk
    • Colorectal cancer: adults aged 50-70
    • Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis testing
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Preventing falls: recommended for adults aged 65 and older. Discuss with your doctor exercise, physical therapy, and vitamin D supplementation.
    • Hepatitis C: if born between 1945-1965
    • HIV: all adults should be tested at least once (some may need more routine testing depending on risk factors)
    • Lung cancer: adults aged 55-80 who have a history of heavy tobacco use 
    • Skin cancer: adults aged 24 and older especially if you have fair skin
    • Smoking cessation
    • Vision
    • Well woman exams
    • Health weight counseling