Adult preventive health services
Healthy adults between the ages of 21 and 65 should visit a primary care provider (PCP) every one to three years. After age 65, adults should see a PCP every year. Talk to your PCP about any risk factors that may require additional preventive care.
Adult preventive screenings include:
- Medical history, physical exam, and routine lab
- Height and weight measurements including check for obesity
- Blood pressure check
- Blood cholesterol levels
- Colon cancer check
- Physical testicular exam for men every year and PSA for men starting at age 40
- Mammogram (X-ray to screen for breast cancer) every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 and older with breast exam by health care provider, every year at age 50 and older and every year for high-risk women beginning at age 35
- Pap smear — This test checks your cervix for abnormal cells that could turn into cervical cancer. The Pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. You should start getting regular Pap test at age 21 at least every 3 year or as recommended by your doctor.
If you are 30 years old or older, you may choose to have an HPV test along with the Pap test every 5 years. Both tests can be performed by your doctor at the same time.
- Skin exam every 3 years and then every year at age 40 and older
To see when you should get other preventive screenings, check out our adult preventive health guidelines (PDF).
Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Adult BMI calculator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Adult immunization chart (PDF)
As a First Choice member, you can get preventive counseling. Preventive counseling services include:
- Quitting smoking
- Alcohol/drug treatment
- Diet and exercise
- Injury prevention
- Skin cancer
- Dental health
- Folic acid
- Self examination
For more information about adult preventive services or to schedule an exam, call your PCP. You can also call Member Services at 1-888-276-2020.