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Preventative Tests & Screenings

Recommended Health Screenings

Women age 21 through 65:

  • Pap test are necessary for women every 3 to 5 years.

Women age 50 through 74 (or starting at age 40 if high-risk):

  • Annual Mammograms are crucial to detect breast tumors earlier.
  • Colonoscopies start between age 45 and 50 to detect colon cancer.

Men age 50 to 75:

  • Annual prostate and testicular exams to check for tenderness, lumps, suspicious growths, and so on.
  • Colonoscopies start between age 45 and 50 to detect colon cancer.

Children and adolescents:

  • Immunization (vaccines) are necessary to trigger the immune system to prevent life-threatening diseases. These shots teach the body how to defend itself when viruses invade it by exposing you to a very small and safe amount of a virus or bacteria that has been weakened or killed. The body learns to attack the infection and recalls how to defend itself if exposure occurs again.
  • Well-child check-ups monitor the child’s growth and developmental milestones. Vaccines can also take place during this same visit.
  • Children should also have physical exams as needed or required by their school, church, or other organizations to participate in sports or perform missionary services.

All ages and genders:

  • An annual exam is necessary for patients throughout their lifetime. Our physicians monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, nutrition, and more. We believe that preventing a problem is better than having to overcome one. If you are experiencing pain, fatigue, or discomfort, we encourage you to communicate your symptoms. We can explore each concern during your annual exam.
  • Patients may also undergo specialized tests if they are at-risk for certain conditions or have a family history of illness or disease. Depending on your age, gender, weight, and general health, other tests may be necessary during your routine exam.

Tips for Talking to Your Primary Care Physician

Ogden Clinic primary care physicians strive to maintain ongoing relationships with our patients and their families. By maintaining a relationship with your primary care physician, you’re taking an active role in your own health. Family physicians at Ogden Clinic encourage open communication to ensure you understand your existing conditions, risks, and any treatment or follow-up care that is prescribed.

  • Be sure to tell your Ogden Clinic primary care physician about your current and past health issues, as well as your concerns.
  • Share any symptoms you are currently experiencing and your personal health history.
  • Share any known conditions that may run in your family.
  • Share all medication and supplements you are currently taking and have taken in the past. These include prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, supplements, and the doses for each.
  • Above all, do not be afraid to speak up. If you do not understand or agree with anything your doctor tells you, it’s important to let them know.

If you don’t ask questions, your physician will likely assume that you understand what they’ve told you. If your provider gives you follow-up instructions, ensure that you thoroughly understand the process and do not hesitate to contact your physician with any questions during your treatment.

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