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Confused About Health Screenings? Here’s What to Know.

Group photo of people at different ages

Health guidelines can change based on the latest evidence, and this checklist makes it easy to keep up-to-date with screening recommendations for every age.

If you’re at higher risk for a certain health condition, your primary care provider (PCP) may recommend you begin screening sooner. A great time to talk with your PCP is during your annual checkup, which is $0 when you a see a provider in your BCBSRI health plan’s network. Many of the screenings in this checklist are also $0 when you see an in-network provider.

In Your 20s

  • Depression
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Cervical cancer screening (women), starting at age 21

In Your 30s

All the screenings above, plus:

  • Diabetes, starting at age 35

In Your 40s

All the screenings above, plus:

  • Breast cancer (women), starting at age 40
  • Colorectal cancer, starting at age 45

In Your 50s

All the screenings above, plus:

  • Prostate cancer (men) – Talk with your PCP about whether to get screened.

In Your 60s+

All the screenings above, plus:

  • Osteoporosis screening (women), starting at age 65 

If you are transgender or nonbinary

Ask your PCP which screenings are right for you. If you don’t have a PCP, BCBSRI Safe Zones identify healthcare practices that provide safe, affirming, and inclusive care to the LGBTQ community. Find one at

A and B Recommendations | United States Preventive Services Taskforce 
Get a Cholesterol Test |
The ADA’s 2022 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Update - Blog - NIDDK (
Should I Get Screened for Prostate Cancer? | CDC

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