According to the
Centers for Disease Control(CDC), if everyone in the United States received recommended clinical preventive
care we could save over 100,000 lives each year.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care includes health services like
screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling that are used to prevent illnesses,
disease, and other health problems, or to detect illness at an early stage
when treatment is likely to work best.
Annual exams and flu shots
Getting preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take
to manage your health. That's because when a condition is diagnosed
early, it is usually easier to treat. And regular checkups can help you
and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain
You should visit your
health care provider from time to time, even if you are healthy. For example, the only way
to find out if you have
high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and
high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood
test, which can be done daily at
CCH Wellness, can check for these conditions.
flu vaccine every year. The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself
and others from the flu, a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization
and sometimes even death. Everyone over six months of age should get a
flu vaccine, and is particularly important for people who are at high
risk of serious complications. Remember, flu vaccination cannot cause
the flu. You may still get the flu even if you have a flu vaccine, but
your symptoms will be less severe.
If you are age 60 or older,
get shots for older adults. Older adults need shots to protect against diseases like pneumonia and shingles.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight
women born today in the United States will get breast cancer sometime
during her life. The good news is that
mammograms can help find breast cancer early. Most women can survive breast cancer
if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram is an x-ray of the
breast. It lets your doctor see changes that can’t be felt during
a breast exam. Mammograms use a very low level of x-rays, which are a
type of radiation. A mammogram is very safe. When you get mammograms,
the technician will place your breasts, one at a time, between two plastic
plates and take pictures of them. Mammograms can be uncomfortable for
some women, but they don’t hurt. It only takes about 20 minutes
to get a mammogram.
American Cancer Society recommends these guidelines for breast cancer screening for women at average risk:
- Ages 40-44: Start annual mammograms if they wish to do so
- Ages 45-54: Get a mammogram every year
- Ages 55 and older: Switch to mammograms every two years or continue annual
screening. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health
and is expected to live 10 years or longer.
Prostate Cancer Screening
American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their healthcare provider
about whether to be screening for prostate cancer. The discussion should
take place at:
- Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and expected
to live at least 10 more years
- Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes
African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother
or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer younger than age 65
- Age 40 for men at even higher risk (with more than one first-degree relative
who had prostate cancer at an early age
After this discussion, men who want to be screened should be tested with
the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The digital rectal exam
(DRE) may also be done as a part of screening.
If you are age 50 to 75, get tested (screened) regularly for colorectal
cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer.
But the good news is that getting screened regularly can help find colorectal
cancer early – or even prevent it. You may need to get tested before
age 50 if colorectal cancer runs in your family. Talk with your doctor
and ask about your risk for colorectal cancer. How often you get screened
will depend on your risk for colorectal cancer. It will also depend on
which screening test is used. There are different ways to test for colorectal
cancer. Some tests are done every one to three years. Other tests are
done every five to 10 years. Your doctor can help you decide which test
is right for you and how often to get screened.
Most people can stop getting screened after age 75. Talk with your
doctor about what’s right for you.
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