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Screening by the Numbers

It’s easy these days to let routine healthcare lapse. Especially during these times, it’s important to keep up with your regular health screenings. Regular screenings lead to earlier detection of medical issues including certain types of cancer as well as chronic health issues like diabetes and heart conditions. Earlier detection in turn results in to better outcomes and easier disease management.  Many screenings are age specific. Here’s a guide to help you determine what annual screenings you’ll need and when.

Beginning at Ages 18 – 39
•    Cholesterol – a cholesterol check should be completed in your twenties and then every five to ten years once you turn 35.
•    For women – a pap smear every three years starting at age 21

Beginning at Ages 40 – 64
•    Fasting blood sugar levels – to check for signs of diabetes if you’re obese
•    Colonoscopy – at age 50 and every three to ten years thereafter
•    For women – mammograms every other year starting at age 40 - 50 (earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer)
•    For men – annual prostate screenings beginning at age 50 (earlier if you are high-risk) if you choose

Age 65 and older
•    Bone density study – starting at age 65 every two to five years, or age 60 if you’re high-risk
•    Pneumococcal and shingles vaccines
•    Height and weight – shrinking could be a sign of osteoporosis

Many of these and other screenings can be done during your annual physical with a Marshall doctor. During this visit, your doctor will also likely order routine blood work to screen for other common issues like vitamin deficiencies and cancer markers. To make an appointment with a Marshall doctor at any of our five convenient locations throughout El Dorado County, call 530-622-1441 or visit

Enhancements to Your Care
Marshall Medical Center is dedicated to your care and wants to help you live as healthy a life as possible. Behind the scenes, your primary care provider is part of a larger care team to assist with keeping your preventive care up-to-date. Your clinic’s Medical Director is the captain of your care team. In the coming months, you may receive messages from the medical director regarding your regular screenings for breast cancer, colon cancer, blood pressure and A1C (blood sugar) to ensure you’re receiving comprehensive care. Your primary care doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner is still your main provider and will contact you as usual with your test results and plans for follow up care.