Which routine medical tests seniors should not ignore.

A wide range of screening and preventive measures are available and recommended for people over the age of 65. These guidelines follow the recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centrs for Disease Control (CDC) and are based on extensive clinical data.

The following lists some of the important preventive and screening measures for seniors.

Preventive measures

  • Influenza vaccination
  • Pneumonia vaccination
  • Vaccination against shingles (60 and older; some doctors recommend starting at age 50)
  • Smoking cessation counselling
  • Screening measures

Colon cancer screening for adults between ages 50 and 75 (younger starting age in high risk groups)
Breast cancer screening with yearly mammogram for females between 40 and 75 (younger starting age for high risk groups)
Prostate cancer screening with annual rectal exam and PSA (prostate sensitive antigen) in males above age 50
Osteoporosis screening with bone density scan in women above age of 65
Lipid disorder screening yearly for men above 35 and women above 45
Diabetes screening in people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or previous high blood sugar levels with or without symptoms of diabetes
Blood pressure screening at least once a year
Other screening tests recommended by doctors are:

  • vision and hearing exams
  • skin cancer screening
  • cardiac stress tests
  • thyroid function tests
  • mental status exam
  • peripheral vascular disease screening

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