It can be difficult knowing exactly how to take the best possible care of ourselves. Unlike a car, we didn’t come with an owner’s manual with suggestions on what type of maintenance and examinations should be completed on a regular basis. Still, there are some exams that we should be participating in that can keep us going strong and healthy.
An annual physical exam is the easiest way for both adults and kids to prevent serious illnesses while they are still treatable. You doctor will review your medical history, screen for diseases, and make recommendations about helpful vaccines. They will also discuss your health with you, answer any questions you may have and determine your risk for future medical problems.
Considered by doctors everywhere to be a “silent killer,” cholesterol can only be detected through proper testing. If you are not getting that test on a regular basis, you could be headed down the road towards high cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. For many people, getting their high cholesterol under control can be as simple as changing their diet or adding more exercise to their daily routine. Be sure you are tested on a regular basis before issues become irreversible.
For Women – Mammogram
Annual mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. Women at the age of 40 should begin to schedule mammograms on a regular basis, whether you have experienced symptoms of breast cancer or not. For women who have a mother or sister who developed breast cancer before menopause, your doctor may suggest being tested as early as age 30.
For Men – Prostate Cancer
Even though prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, survival rates are over 90% when the disease is identified in early stages. According to the American Cancer Society, one in every six men is at risk for prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Most men begin testing at the age of 50. However, if you are at a higher risk based on family history, your doctor may suggest you start at 40 or younger.