Doctor Visits (and What they Should Include) by the Decade


It was scary and shocking to hear that my 60-year-old father had not been to the doctor in more than 20 years. I could only imagine how many critical checkups he missed in those past two decades! It made me, a woman in my twenties, take a look at my own health and really want to figure out which checkups we should be getting and when we should be getting them!


From age 25 to 29, both men and women should be getting checked for melanoma. Skin cancer is most common in adults in this age group! Men and women should also be checking for signs of high cholesterol, which does begin showing up as early as your twenties. Women should also be getting regular pap smears to check for HPV which is the number one cause of cervical cancer. Regular checkups for women should also consist of a breast exam to check for lumps. Men in their twenties should be tested for any signs of testicular cancer.


Men and women in their thirties should both be getting their blood sugar checked for type 2 diabetes. Women need to continue gynecological checkups which consist of breast exams and pap smears. Checkups for men increase in this decade. They need to continue checking for testicular cancer and melanoma, as well as exams to check for heart disease and colon and prostate cancer. 


Women in their forties will receive an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer, as well as ovarian screening for post-menopausal women to check for ovarian cancer. Women will also partake in bone density testing every three years to screen for osteoporosis. Men will continue to be checked for prostate, colon, and skin cancer as well as tests for heart disease. Both men and women will continue to do blood sugar testing for type 2 diabetes. 


Men and women will still be receiving blood sugar testing in their fifties. Women must be continuing pelvic exams, pap smears, and mammograms. Women will also begin receiving colorectal screenings, as well as coronary screenings and EKGs. Men are continually checked for cholesterol and blood sugar. They will also continue their regular prostate, testicular, and colon cancer screenings.


Congratulations! You’ve made it to your seventies! All right, so this isn’t much of a surprise today as many people are living longer, but this is likely due to being vigilant about their doctor visits! Continue regular coronary and cancer screenings, and maintain a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen. By keeping up on doctor visits and not neglecting our overall health, we can live long past our seventies with a high quality of life. 

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