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Have you had your Preventive Health Screenings?

Health screeningWhen was the last time you had a physical or health exam? If you have to think about the answer to this question then it may be time to schedule an appointment for a check-up. It is obvious that we all lead very busy lives but you should never be too busy to make time to check up on your own health.

It is important to be proactive about your health by staying on top of necessary health screenings and doctor visits. Getting preventive screenings is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. Preventive screenings is the best way to identify and treat potential health problems before they develop or worsen. When a condition is diagnosed early, it is usually easier to treat and regular check-ups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain illness or diseases.

Screenings are usually advised at certain ages or life stages therefore it’s important to works with your doctor to determine when you should be screened for certain health issues. You may be at risk for specific conditions due to family history, ethnic background, or personal lifestyle and may need to be screened earlier or require more extensive tests. I highly recommend you talk with your doctor and healthcare provider for specific guidance and recommendations. Did you know that most health insurance plans must cover a set of preventive services like flu shots and preventive screenings at no or very little cost to you?

If you are like most of us, it is challenging to keep up with the necessary screenings and when you should get them. For many of us it becomes very confusing knowing when and how often you should get a particular screening. Therefore I’ve provided this chart to help you better understand suggested timeline for certain routine screenings and its purpose. Please use this chart as a general guide but always talk with your doctor to determine the most appropriate guideline for you and your family.

 

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