Screening tests

Screening tests can help prevent illness and promote healthy aging.

Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you based on your age, gender, risk factors and family health history. In addition to the common screening tests listed below, visit HealthLink BC for more information about which tests you should discus with your doctor.

Here are some common screening tests: 

Blood pressure screening

Blood pressure screening can be done at a drug store or at your family physician's office.

Cholesterol test

Men age 40 and older and women age 50 and older or who are post-menopausal should have their cholesterol checked.

Osteoporosis screening

Women and men age 65 and older should routinely have a bone density test to test for osteoporosis.

Here are some recommended tests with information provided by the BC Cancer Agency. 


Colon cancer screening

  • Everyone aged 50-74 should get screened regularly for colon cancer.
    Read about these recommendations

Prostate cancer

  • Between age 50-70, annual screening is recommended for individuals with a prostate as long as they are in reasonably good health.
    Learn more about prostate cancer and how to help prevent it.