Lifeline Screening: 15 Types of Blood Tests and Checkups You Need

Lifeline screening and types of blood tests you need.

Lifeline screening. No we’re not playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire — more like Who Wants to Be a-Live.

These days, there are literally hundreds of different types of blood tests and screenings, and there seems to be something dangerous and hazardous hiding in everything from the food we eat to our children’s toys.

So, how do you make sure you are aware of your true overall health condition without becoming a paranoid hypochondriac?

Below is a list of tests and screenings that should be included in your regular checkups, brought to you by Medical News Today.

15 Types of Blood Tests and Lifeline Screenings

UNDER 40 (Men and Women)

  1. Blood pressure test every two years if normal.
  2. Cholesterol at least every 5 years. (In fact, a new study says cholesterol should be tested as early as 15 months old.)
  3. Skin cancer screening every 3 years by your doctor or dermatologist, and a self-check once a month.
  4. Fasting glucose test for diabetes if there is any family history of the disease or if you are overweight.

UNDER 40 (Men only)

  1. Testicular self-exam once a month to check for any lumps or swelling.

UNDER 40 (Women only)

  1. Breast self-exam once a month to check for any lumps or changes.
  2. Once a year, get a professional breast exam with your doctor.
  3. Pap smear once a year to check for cervical cancer.

OVER 40 (Men and Women)

  1. Continue all of the above, plus the following:
  2. Skin cancer screening more often, once a year.
  3. Colonoscopy every 10 years.

OVER 40 (Men only)

  1. Digital rectal exam every year to check for prostate cancer.

OVER 40 (Women only)

  1. Clinical breast exam every year.
  2. Mammogram every year.
  3. Bone density scan every 5-10 years.

Of course, the most important thing is to get in for your regular checkups in the first place. Many of us put these off (especially us guys) and don’t visit the doctor unless we have an arrow through our head.

These lifeline screenings and types of blood tests will give you the comfort of knowing your healthy and potentially catch any major health problems before it’s too late.

How often do you visit the doctor? Do you get your annual checkups, or can you not even remember the last time you set foot in a hospital?

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  • Jason: Yeah, you can usually get a thorough enough skin screening from your regular doctor, rather than having to visit a separate dermatologist.

    Will: A fasting glucose test is definitely a good idea, especially if your parents or grandparents have diabetes.

  • Please e-mail information about a lifeline creening in Lake Stevens, WA

  • This is a very informative post, i was searching in google for Cervical Cancer and came across this post. My niece is suffering from Cervical Cancer, information mention in this article will greatly help me in offering her some advice
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  • Gosh! One needs to have that all test done. I sure will do.

  • Have you heard of a CA-125 Blood Test for Colon Cancer in Women?
    IF so…does Medicare cover the cost. Federal B/C B/S is familiar with
    the test but I was told to call Medicare to see IF there was any coverage.

    Please respond ASAP Thanks! Carol

  • Please email the name of the blood lab tests that are available with Lifeline screening and the dates you will be visiting the Altoona/State College/Johnstown PA area. Do you perform lab tests ordered specifically by my PCP if I have a signed lab request? My problem is that my health insurance does not cover this due to a high deductable and I’d be interested in having them done by you for an afordable flat fee. Thank you.