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What is involved in wellness screening?

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During well-care visits, doctors perform physical assessments, screenings and immunizations to prevent diseases or diagnose them early for better health outcomes for their patients, according to Group Health. The screening tests that are involved in wellness visits depends on the age and gender of patients.

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For newborns and children, examples of recommended wellness screenings include hearing, vision, weight gain, complete blood count and the ages and stages developmental screen, according to Northeast Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

During wellness visits for women between 18 and 21, health care providers screen for human papillomavirus with a Pap smear, chlamydia and human immunodeficiency virus, explains Group Health. In addition to these tests, women between 22 and 49 are also screened for breast cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and hepatitis C. During wellness visits for women 65 and older, doctors recommend screens for colon cancer and bone density.

The wellness screening recommendations for adult men are the same as those for women with the exception of the tests for chlamydia and HPV, reports Group Health. For men 50 to 64, wellness testing involves prostate exams and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for smokers and those with a family history. Doctors also screening their male patients older than 65 for colon cancer.

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