1. Playing It Safe


The following tests are recommended for persons between the ages of 11 and 24. If you have an increased risk for certain conditions, testing may need to be done sooner or more often. Additional tests may also need to be done. Follow your health care provider's advice.

  1. 1.Screening is also recommended for females older than age 25 who: Have more than one sexual partner; have had an STI in the past; or who do not use condoms consistently and correctly. After initial screening, follow your health care provider's advice for how often to have re-screenings.

  2. 2.See "Breast Self-Exam (BSE)." {Note: Though rare, males can get breast cancer, too, and should look for and report a breast lump or other change to a health care provider.}

  3. 3.See "Testicular Self-Exam (TSE)."

  4. 4.In general, screening tests for blood cholesterol should begin at age 35 for men and age 45 for women. You may need to begin screening tests sooner if you have diabetes, a family history of heart disease, etc. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) should be part of the initial cholesterol testing.