Medical Checkup

Early detection is the key to leading a long fulfilling life. We offer a complete medical checkup for men and women of all ages.

The following health screenings are recommended for men and women beginning at age 18:


Skin exams, for detection of skin cancers; self-exam monthly, looking for mole or other skin growth that changes in color, size or texture; clinical exam every three years

Blood pressure checks at least every two years

Cholesterol, blood test every five years

Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection; urine sample once the person is sexually active and annually until age 25*

Vision and dental exams, for detection of cataracts, glaucoma, cavities, gum disease; at least annually; dentists recommend dental exams every six months

Tetanus booster, to increase immunity against tetanus; immunization beginning in high school, then every 10 years

Beginning at age 40:

Fasting plasma glucose, for detection of diabetes

Blood test every three years

Beginning at age 50:

Colonoscopy, for detection of colon cancer; outpatient procedure every 10 years

Beginning at age 65:

Bone mineral density, for detection of osteoporosis; X-rays taken as needed


Check up only for Men:

For men only beginning at age 18:

Testicular exam, for detection of testicular cancer; self-exam monthly, checking for bumps or abnormalities of the scrotum and testicles; clinical exam annually

Beginning at age 50:

Digital rectal exam, for detection of prostate cancer; clinical exam annually

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, for detection of prostate cancer; blood test annually

For women beginning at age 18:

Breast exam, for detection of breast cancer; self-exam monthly, checking for bumps or other abnormalities; clinical exam annually

Pap smear/pelvic exam, for detection of cervical cancer; exam and tissue sample beginning at age 21 or three years after the onset of sexual activity (whichever comes first), then every two years

Beginning at age 40:

Mammograms, for detection of breast cancer; X-ray annually

Beginning at age 50:

Thyroid-stimulating hormone test, for detection of thyroid disease; blood test, with frequency at the discretion of patient and doctor.

All checkups would be done at Hospital CIMA in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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