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General Preventive Screenings

It’s important not to put off getting preventive screenings. Skipping them means you may miss a chance to catch and treat problems early.

Stay up to date with your screenings, even when you feel fine. Here are some of the preventive exams available, including a guide on when and how often to get them.

Measures in place to keep you safe

Your providers should have some or all of the following safety measures in place so that you can get the in-person care you need without worry. Check with your doctor or provider directly to discuss what measures they have in place and if an in-person visit is right for you.

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds
  • Pre-entry screenings
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet in waiting rooms
  • Visitor limitations
  • Face mask requirement for all office staff
How UPMC Keeps You Safe When Getting Care

Well-visit

How often should I get this screening?
Once a year

Your primary care provider (PCP) can decide if you need additional screenings, including:
  • Blood pressure
  • Depression screening
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Lifestyle topics
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Skin cancer
  • Sexually transmitted infection (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) screening and/or counseling
  • Contraception
  • HIV screening
  • Hepatitis B screening
Learn More About Well-visits

Cervical cancer screening

How often should I get this screening?
Pap test every 3 years, ages 21-65 OR Combined Pap test/human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test every 5 years, ages 30-65
Learn More About Cervical Cancer Screenings

Colorectal cancer screening

How often should I get this screening?
Every 1-10 years based on risk, beginning at age 50
  • Fecal occult blood testing every year
  • Sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years to age 75
Learn More About Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Breast cancer screening (mammography)

How often should I get this screening?
Recommended every 2 years for members ages 50-74, but covered annually for members 40 and up
Learn More About Breast Cancer Screenings

Type 2 diabetes

How often should I get this screening?
Every 3 years beginning at age 19 if you have high blood pressure

Flu shot

How often should I get a flu shot?
Yearly

BRCA screening and counseling

How often should I get this screening?
One-time genetic test if you have a family history of breast or reproductive cancer, as recommended by your PCP

Osteoporosis screening

How often should I get this screening?
One-time screening if you are 65 or older, or have an increased risk

Blood cholesterol screening

How often should I get this screening?
Every 5 years beginning at age 20

Lung cancer screening

How often should I get this screening?
Once a year if you:
  • Are 50-80 years old
  • Have a history of heavy smoking (1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years)
  • Currently smoke or have quit within 15 years
We’re here for you every step of the way. For a full list preventive screenings, immunizations, and exams covered by UPMC Health Plan, call the number on your member ID card or review the Preventive Service Reference Guide here. Additional coverage includes multiple immunizations, screenings throughout pregnancy, services for children, medications for help with quitting smoking, and more.
Call your PCP today to schedule a preventive screening.
UPMC Health Plan: Screening with Meaning.