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A 36-year-old female asked:

what test are appropriate for my age (35) when having a full check up & blood work?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Cholesterol.: For blood testing, really just a cholesterol profile would be mandatory for a checkup. You may consider a fasting glucose and testing for thyroid, liver and kidney function. If there's a family history of breast cancer, mammogram may be advisable. And get a full gynecological exam. And a blood pressure check.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
The basics: I'm going to assume the history and physical exam do not reveal disease. A full CBC with "diff", urinalysis with sediment exam if anything's abnormal, a routine chemical profile. It's good to check for HIV. You may be checked for thyroid disease and/or B12 deficiency. Different corporations have different protocols that guide their physicians with screening largely driven by cost-effectiveness.

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