Five Easy Steps to Take Before Your Next Health Screening

Getting a health screening is essential for your well-being, so take a minute to prepare for any concerns before your screening with this helpful guide.

September 23, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Health screenings are a fast, easy, and cost-effective way to stay healthy. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancer are proven to be essential for a number of reasons.

Whether you’re worried about what happens at a screening or you’re not sure when to get one, we’ve got some tips to help you better prepare for yours.

Conquer Your Screening Fears

Although health screenings can stir up fears, the facts prove they are well worth it. There’s no reason to be afraid of these procedures—they’re safe, routine, and proven to be beneficial to your health. For example, cervical cancer rates have decreased by more than 50% because of the increased use of the Pap test, and further studies prove these screenings help save lives.

If you find yourself becoming fearful before a screening, try some of these stress-relieving exercises before heading to the doctor.

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Pay Attention to Symptoms

Ignoring symptoms or health problems could end up making things worse. It’s best to stay safe and get your scheduled screenings when your doctor recommends them.

If you have symptoms that have been bothering you, make sure to get checked as soon as possible. Check out some surprising signs to see the doctor. No symptom should be left untreated or ignored.

Find Out When to Get Screened

Screenings for breast, colon, prostate, and cervical cancers are necessary, depending on a few factors. Pay attention to family history, as well as to age, symptoms, and more. Get the facts on Pap tests with this quick quiz, and find out how a mammogram can save your life here.

Check out the chart below for a simple breakdown of the recommended screening ages for men and women.

 

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-64

65+

Breast
Cancer
Testing*
      ✓ Women  
Cervical
Cancer
Testing
✓ Women ✓ Women ✓ Women
✓ Men
   
Colon
Cancer
Testing*
      ✓ Women
✓ Men
✓ Women
✓ Men
Lung
Cancer
Testing**
      ✓ Women
✓ Men
✓ Men
Prostate
Cancer
Testing
      ✓ Men ✓ Men

*If you have a family history of any cancer, genetic disorders, or other factors, you are at a higher-than-average risk. If you are at increased risk, talk to a healthcare provider about when you need to start testing and what tests are right for you. If not, you can still speak with your doctor about preventive measures.

**Get screened if you have a history of smoking.

Don’t Worry About the Costs

Getting regular screenings could very likely help you save money, as the cost of treating illnesses can be high. Early detection is essential and will help you save in the long run.

Check out some free Obamacare services you should get to see how you can save.

Speak With Your Doctor

You should never feel as if you lack a good relationship with your doctor. It’s important to be comfortable enough to ask your doctor questions, discuss treatment options, and talk about when you need screenings.

Make sure you visit your doctor for your recommended screenings to avoid health problems in the future.


© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies.

This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“The Relative Importance of Patient Reported Barriers…” NCBI. Accessed August 9, 2016.
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/cancerscreeningguidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer

“American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” Cancer.org. Accessed August 10, 2016.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/GeneralUseofMedicine/UCM229033.pdf

“Barriers for Compliance to Breast, Colorectal, and Cervical Screening…” NCBI. Accessed August 11, 2016.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4730412/

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