Important health checks by age

Dental health - Poor dental health increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. So practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist every six to 12 months.

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Pregnancy planning - Have a general checkup before planning for pregnancy. It's also important to have regular antenatal checks to monitor the baby's development.

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Health checks for teens and twenty-somethings - Once you enter your teens and twenties, there are additional heath checks that become important as a young adult.

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Cervical screening - People from the age of 21 who have a cervix should undergo cervical screening to detect cancer. The screening is either an HPV test or a Pap smear.

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Blood pressure - If you're 18 to 39, with no other risk factors, then you should be screened at least every three to five years.

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Cholesterol -Adults age 20 and older should undergo cholesterol screening every five years.

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Hepatitis C - It's recommended that all adults get screened for hepatitis C at least once, and more often if at risk.

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Heart disease - Recommended for people in their forties, testing for heart diseases should be done every two years.

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Diabetes - It's recommended that adults, age 35 and older, with a BMI greater than 25 should screen for type 2 diabetes or prediabetes every three years.

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Vision impairment - When you age, it's normal that your vision deteriorates. Therefore, it's important to get your vision checked every 12 months.

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Hearing impairment - Your hearing is another sense that starts to deteriorate with age. If you're over 65, ask your doctor for a hearing test every 12 months.

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Bowel cancer - People over 50 should get tested for bowl cancer at least every two years. 

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Pneumonia vaccine - People 65 years and older are advised to take the pneumonia vaccine every five years.

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