The purpose of screening is to find and treat diseases early. They are given to people who may be at high risk, but who don’t have problems.
- Non-pregnant women every 5 to 10 years—more often for those at high risk
- Pregnant women at the first prenatal visit
Children should be screened at 9 to 12 months of age. Some may need testing more often if they’re at high risk.
These can be done as part of a normal physical exam. Anemia can be found with these:
- Hematocrit—Counts the ratio of your blood that’s red blood cells (RBCs).
- Hemoglobin—Tests the amount of this protein in your blood. It carries oxygen to your cells.
- Complete blood count (CBC)—Counts RBCs, white blood cells (these fight infection), and platelets (these help the blood to clot).
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 09/2018 -
- Update Date: 10/15/2018 -