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The Health Screenings You Need at 50+

Here’s what medical experts recommend, based on your gender and age

En español | At what age do you need a colonoscopy? Is an annual pap smear really necessary? The health screening recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — an independent panel of preventive medicine and primary care experts — are a useful resource for determining what medical tests or exams you may need and when.

See also: Vaccines you need at 50-plus.

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Insurers now cover many preventive care health screenings. — Photo by Image Source/Getty Images

To learn which preventive health care screenings are recommended for someone your age and gender, select from the links below. Since your medical history and risk factors for certain diseases and conditions impact your preventive care needs, decisions about which screenings you should have, and when, need to be made in consultation with your doctor. Another tip: Many preventive health care services are now covered — with no out-of-pocket patient costs — by Medicare and private health insurance plans.

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