Regular checkups will allow your care provider to monitor your health and check for possible problems.
Regular screening is important throughout adulthood, especially if you're at increased risk for a chronic disease or an infectious disease. You may be referred for blood or urine tests or for other screening procedures. Recommended regular screening tests for all adults include:
- blood pressure
- kidney function
- type 2 diabetes
- skin cancer
- hearing and vision
- mental health and substance use
If you are sexually active, it's a good idea to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. You can see your doctor about testing, or visit a clinic. Read When to test.
It's also recommended that all women age 21 and older get regular cervical cancer screening (Pap test). Read the recommendations.
Depending on your age and your risk of disease, other screening tests may be recommended:
- Screening mammograms are available for eligible BC women age 40 and up. Your screening recommendations will vary according to your age and your family history of breast cancer. Read the recommendations.
- Women and men aged 50-74 should get screened regularly for colon cancer. The type of screening test recommended for you will depend on your family history and your personal medical history. Read the recommendations.
- Men aged 50-70 years who are in reasonably good health should get screened annually for prostate cancer through digital rectal examination. This is done by your doctor during a regular check up. You can also talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of PSA testing.