The body doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, a how to guide, or a fix it kit. There is no instinct as to what health screenings you need and at what point in your life you need them. Most people realize the importance of immunization in the infant stages of life, but fail to see the importance of maintaining the preventative screenings later on in life. If you are female, or someone you know, and are in your thirties, then these are the screenings that your doctor would agree you need.
An ANNUAL height and weight check, usually included in a general physical.
An ANNUAL blood pressure and pulse rate health screening.
A baseline blood sugar exam and then every five years after that.
An ANNUAL breast exam and a baseline mammogram before the age of 40 years old. (recommended by the American College of Obstetricians)
An ANNUAL pelvic exam and pap smear. (recommended by the American College of Obstetricians)
Up to date immunizations with a tetanus booster every ten years.
Every other year, a hemocrit or hemoglobin test.
A standard urinalysis, done every five years.
Twice a year dental exams, to keep optimum oral health.
HIV test if in risk zone for the disease.
A baseline eye exam before the age of 39 years old.
Skin health screening every year, to check moles for changes.
A cholesterol screening and triglycerides test every 5 years.
Health screenings that are usually not necessary at this age range include
(but aren’t limited to) a thyroid test, EKG, Stool blood test, bone density exam, flexible sigmoidscopy, and colonoscopy. Of course, this will vary immensely with the medical background of the person and your doctor will decide whether these tests are needed.
This article provides a brief guide to the health screenings that one should be aware of in the age range indicated and isn’t designed to substitute for a medical doctor’s opinion. When in doubt, ask your physician.
If you need more information about when you need to have health screenings and what ones are available you can get more information at the free health and wellbeing website for Speaking of Women’s Health. The website address is
There motto is “educating women to make informed decisions about their health, wellbeing, and personal safety.” You can see them also weekly on the cable channel Lifetime every Saturday at 11:30am Eastern Standard Time and Pacific Standard Time.