If you’re a Millennial and can’t remember the last time you visited the doctor’s office, it’s most likely time for you to make arrangements for some preventative health screenings.
Unsure of where to begin? The first step is to find a doctor and go in for an annual health checkup. Based on the results, you can start to get an idea of what ailments or diseases you’re at risk for.
To help you with the sometimes daunting process of taking care of your health, here are 10 important checkups to get if you’re in your 20s and 30s.
1) Dental checkup
From a dental standpoint, you should be getting checkups for your teeth every year. This includes bitewing radiographs or X-rays to check for tooth decay, for oral cancer screening and periodontal gum charting to make sure you don’t have gum disease, according to Dr. Kyle Stanley, a dentist and owner at Helm | Nejad | Stanley.
Depending on what your dentist suggests, you should generally get a full set of X-rays for your teeth every three to five years. Most dental insurances cover two teeth cleanings a year as well.
2) Skin checkup
Depending on the risk factor for skin cancer, it is recommended to get a full skin check at least annually, according to Dr. Babar Rao, a dermatologist and founder and medical director of NIDIskin. This is because most skin cancers can be effectively treated if diagnosed early.
3) Pelvic exam and Pap smear
It is recommended to get a Pap smear and pelvic exam every three years as a preventative measure against cervical cancer starting at age 21, according to MedlinePlus.
Remember to ask for an HPV test as well. A breast exam may be included as part of your well woman exam. Your doctor can recommend whether you should be getting screened further for breast cancer.
4) Eye exam
If you have issues with your vision, it’s recommended that you get an eye exam every two years, according to MedlinePlus.
5) Blood pressure check
Make sure to check your blood pressure every two years to make sure it’s within normal levels.