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Get Checked: Recommended Screenings and Immunizations
As you get older, you are at greater risk for certain illnesses and diseases. While you can't prevent aging, you can help detect and prevent these illnesses and diseases early on. Screenings can help find them earlier when they can be more successfully treated.
Most screenings are based on age, sex, health, and family history. Mammograms and Prostate exams are just two options you may have heard about that can screen for cancer, but here are many different recommended screenings for both women and men.
Check out this video on the recommended screenings and immunizations, and talk with your health care provider about what screenings are right for you.
Learn About Screenings
From vaccinations to getting your blood pressure checked to a mental health evaluation for PTSD and exams for different types of cancer, screenings can mean living a healthier life.
My HealtheVet has two screening tools available to registered users online. The depression screening and the PTSD screening are a series of simple questions you can answer to help you decide if you should discuss further screens or tests with your health care provider. Only you can see the results.
You can learn about types of cancer and the recommended screenings via the Veterans Health Library, where they have many resources available to Veterans. You will also find a rich library of information on prevention and wellness from VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Mammogram for Breast cancer (Veterans Health Library)
Pap Test for Cervical cancer (Veterans Health Library)
Colonoscopy and other tests for Colorectal cancer (Veterans Health Library)