Many people aren’t fond of going to medical appointments. However, an apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. Your health is incredibly important, though. There are several routine healthcare screenings you shouldn’t skip and MCP is here to share them!
You receive the majority of vaccinations during childhood. However, that doesn’t mean you’re completely done with those injections! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting re-immunized several times during your adulthood. They also recommend boosters over the course of adulthood for people with increased risk factors (medical, occupational, or lifestyle). Here are a few of their suggestions:
- Influenza – Annually
- Tetanus – A booster every 10 years
- Varicella – 1 to 2 doses
- Hepatitis A & B – 2 to 3 doses, depending on risk
Men’s & Women’s Health
Routine annual health checks for women should always include a Pap smear and a breast exam. These checks can help diagnosis cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancers, as well as other diseases or infections. Mammograms are also critical to women’s health, starting at age 40.
Men, you have to get checked, too! The exam will check for hernias and also includes screenings for prostate and testicular cancers.
Be sure to set up an appointment with your dermatologist. West Texas sun is pretty tough and it’s important to get checked for skin cancer at least annual. This is especially important if you are in the sun regularly, are fair-skinned, or have a family history. You can read our blog on what makes for a good sunscreen, too!
Getting an annual blood panel done can help detect various indicators of disease, such as cholesterol levels, kidney and liver function, blood counts, and fluid, mineral, and bone levels. While alone these results may not mean much, they might be indicative of a bigger issue going on in your body.
Having colonoscopies to check for colon polyps or tumors is critical to your health. If you have a family history, it’s recommended that you start these at age 40. Otherwise, the American Cancer Society suggests screenings begin at 50.
Keep in mind, these are simply recommended dates. If you have increased risk factors, including family history, your doctor may suggest earlier or more frequent screenings. MCP recommends speaking to your doctor regularly about your recommended timelines for these routine screenings to keep you at your healthiest!