Preventive Screenings

Being proactive about your health can make all the difference when it comes to catching potential problems — that’s why preventive health screenings are so important.

Preventive Screenings

Being proactive about your health can make all the difference when it comes to catching potential problems — that’s why preventive health screenings are so important.

Dr. Durant Abernethy at High Country Healthcare in Frisco, Colorado. March 25, 2021.

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Preventive screenings can help you stay healthy throughout your life and detect health issues, such as breast cancer or colorectal cancer early, when they’re most easily treatable. In fact, more than 100,000 lives could be saved each year if everyone in the U.S. received the appropriate preventive care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Make Prevention a Priority

CommonSpirit Health offers comprehensive preventive screenings and annual exams to help you avoid illnesses, disease and other health problems. Colonoscopies, mammograms, cholesterol checks — these are just a few of the tests and screenings we offer that you need to protect your health, and knowing what screenings to get and when can make all the difference when it comes to prevention of disease.

Take control of your health, be sure to have an annual physical and regular health screenings. Below are some of the common preventive screenings and exams we offer and general guidelines for who should get them and when. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what screenings you need based on your age, health history and risk factors.

Regular check-ups are an important part of taking care of your health and give you and your doctor an opportunity to find out if you’re due for vaccinations or screenings, review your health history and discuss any questions or concerns you have about your health.

Cholesterol screening 

Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Starting at age 20, you should have a blood test to check your cholesterol levels every four to six years. If any of the values are elevated, your doctor may recommend more frequent monitoring. Learn more.

Women’s health annual exam

A woman’s annual exam typically includes a pelvic exam and a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21. Learn more.

Coronary artery calcium screening

Men over age 40 and women over age 45 with one or more risk factors, such as family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking or diabetes should consider a heart scan screening. Learn More.

Diabetes screening

Starting at age 45, you should have a blood glucose test every three years. Your doctor may recommend screening earlier if you’re overweight and have at least one additional heart risk factor. Learn More.


Women who are 45 or older with an average risk of breast cancer should have a screening mammogram. Women can begin screening, if they choose to, at age 40. Women age 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year or continue yearly mammograms. Some women, because of their family history, a genetic tendency or other factors, may need a mammogram at an earlier age. Learn More.


Colorectal cancer screening tests save lives by finding precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best. If you're age 50 or older you should get screened every 10 years. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer, but it's also highly preventable when caught early. You may need to be screened before age 50 if you have a family history of colorectal cancer. Learn more.

Lung screening program

If you're age 55 or older and have a history of heavy smoking, you may be at risk for lung cancer. An example of heavy smoking is smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. Learn more.

Bone density test

A bone density test helps diagnose osteoporosis. If you’re a woman age 65 or older, or a man age 70 or older, talk with your doctor about being tested. Your doctor may recommend testing earlier if you’ve broken a bone after age 50 or have other risk factors. Learn more.