11 Screening Tests You Should (or Shouldn't) Consider

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Getting your blood drawn to measure the good and bad cholesterol, having a blood pressure cuff wrapped around your arm to check for hypertension—these are examples of medical screening tests that have become a familiar part of a routine checkup or physical. But which screening tests make sense for different individuals, and at what age they should be performed, are issues for debate. Here's a quick guide to some of the common tests, to help you decide which are appropriate for you and your family.

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