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Good Health Reminders, September 2017

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Have you had your annual wellness visit this year?  With the end of the year approaching now is a good time to schedule a follow up wellness check if you have not already done so with your healthcare provider.  Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) include a health risk assessment that can help to identify risky behaviors, make recommendations for preventive screenings and referrals.

September is a great time to make your health a priority and to set aside time for recommended health screenings.  Are you up to date on the following age-appropriate preventive services?  Below are some recommended screening schedules:

  • Annual flu vaccine (recommended for 6 months of age and up)
  • Breast cancer screening-mammograms can detect breast cancer (recommended for women 40 years and older).
  • Pap tests can find abnormal cells in the cervix which may turn into cancer. Pap tests also can detect cervical cancer early, when the chance of being cured is high (recommended for women 21 years and older).
  • Colorectal cancer screening- identifies/finds precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer (recommended for men and women aged 50–75 years old).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, if individuals 50 years and older were screened for colorectal cancer as recommended, up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.  Treatment works best when colorectal cancer is detected early.  Regarding breast cancer screenings, early detection can save lives.  Individuals can also help reduce risks for certain cancers by making healthy life choices.  Avoid tobacco use, protect your skin from the sun, maintain a healthy body weight and limit alcohol consumption.

Your healthcare provider can advise you on a recommended schedule for applicable screenings.  It is important to share your personal health history with your provider in order to ensure proper testing.

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information or if you have a medical concern.

Contributed by The Physician Alliance.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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