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New health-care law provides free preventive care for many seniors
Washington Post

Preventive health care is important at any age, but never more so than as we get older. Many of the major cancers that can be screened for — such as breast and colorectal cancer — are typically diagnosed at about age 70. After age 55, people have a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure, putting them at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

“The payoff in terms of prevention in geriatrics is more upfront and more immediate,” says geriatrician Peter Hollmann, chairman of the public policy committee for the American Geriatrics Society.