Which Medical Exams Do You Need Now?

When you need it: This test for colon cancer should be performed starting at age 50, then every 10 years afterward. Your doctor may recommend more frequent screenings if you have a family history of colon cancer.

Talk to your doctor if: You want to explore colonoscopy alternatives. Dr. Kripalani says that some doctors may okay a less-invasive scan along with a stool test to detect blood or polyps in the lower intestine.

Thyroid test

When you need it: The thyroid gland, located in your neck, helps regulate a number of body functions including your metabolism, mood and weight. Although there are no standard guidelines for thyroid testing, your doctor may advise it if you have symptoms that suggest the gland is over- or underactive. “Thyroid problems become more common as we age,” explains Dr. Kripalani.

to your doctor if:

You have symptoms such as
unexplained weight gain or loss, sensitivity to cold, fatigue, hair thinning,
heavy or irregular

Shana Aborn
a former editor at
Ladies’ Home Journal and
MAMM. She has also written for
Parents, Working Mother, Family Circle, and BettyConfidential.com. Shana is

the managing editor of
Life & Beauty Weekly.

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