Many preventive health screenings for men and women are unpleasant, but don’t let this be the reason you put them off, especially ones that could save your life.  Which of these 14 common health screenings do you need right now based on your gender, lifestyle, and/or family history? Talk to your doctor if in doubt. 

1) Hepatitis C screening: an infection that kills more people than any other.

2) Osteoporosis screening: to prevent bone fractures, mostly in older people. 

3) Blood pressure screening: to prevent cardiovascular disease-related deaths. 

4) Lipid panel: high cholesterol contributes to stroke and heart attacks.

5) Diabetes screening: about 1 in 10 U.S. residents has it—a third don’t know it.

6) Sexually transmitted infection screening: chlamydia is the most common STI nationally.

7) Human papillomavirus (HPV) screening: 43 million infections in 2018; causes 70% of cervical cancers.

8) Clinical skin examination: prevents skin cancer, the most common cancer.

9) Pap smear: helps prevent cervical cancer. 

10) Breast cancer screening: mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths by nearly 40%.

11) Colon cancer screening: the second most common cancer (men/women combined).

12) Low-dose CT scan (lung cancer): early detection reduces the high risk of death.

13) Alcohol use disorder (AUD) screening: a recognized brain disease; early detection and treatment can arrest the illness.

14) Depression screening: early identification leads to more effective treatment and reduced suicide risk.