Routine physical exams are recommended every three to five years for men ages 18 to 39. Starting at age 40, checkups are recommended every one to two years. From age 50, men should have physicals every year. Your doctor will recommend preventive health screenings based on your personal risk factors and family medical history.
Checkups are recommended every year for women. Depending on your age, make sure you are up to date with preventive services, including screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
It's recommended that children visit their doctor for a physical exam at least once a year between the ages of 3 and 5 and every two years between the ages of 6 and 18, or as recommended by their doctor. The Hawaii Department of Health also recommends exams for children in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.
More frequent preventive-care services are generally recommended for adults 50 and older, including screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Vaccines to protect against influenza and pneumococcal disease are also recommended. Talk to your doctor about what is recommended for your age and family history.