Answering Questions on MyHealthfinder

MyHealthfinder gives you personalized recommendations for screenings, vaccines, and other preventive services. Learn more about these recommendations.

To personalize your recommendations, we ask about things like age and sex. We only use your answers to give you the best recommendations we can — and we don't share your information with anyone else.

Why do we ask about your age?

As you get older, your risk of getting certain diseases changes — and you’ll need different screenings based on that risk. For example, adults ages 50 to 75 years need to be screened for colorectal cancer because they’re at higher risk.

Many recommendations are based on age, so this question is required — you won’t get recommendations if you don’t answer it.

Why do we ask about your sex?

Men and women need different screenings and tests. This is because your risk for some diseases is based on your biological sex, or your sex at birth. For example, women need to get screened for cervical cancer.

Your biological sex may not be the same as your gender identity. If you’re transgender or intersex, you may also want talk with your doctor about which preventive services are recommended for you.

Many recommendations are based on sex, so this question is required — you won’t get recommendations if you don’t answer it.

Why do we ask about pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant need services like prenatal care, and their babies need important newborn screenings. If you’re pregnant, you’ll get recommendations for both during and after pregnancy.

This question is optional — you’ll still get recommendations if you don’t answer it.

Why do we ask about sexual activity?

People who are sexually active — or have been in the past — may need screening tests for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

This question is optional — you’ll still get recommendations if you don’t answer it.

Why do we ask about tobacco use?

People who smoke or use other forms of tobacco are at higher risk for conditions like lung cancer. Keep in mind you may be at higher risk even if you quit smoking — or if you only used tobacco for a short amount of time.

This question is optional — you’ll still get recommendations if you don't answer it.