New Year Screening Resolutions
Resolve to take charge of your health this New Year!
It’s important to keep track of your family and yourself, so following is a list of important screening facts for you to consider and resolve to take charge of your health this new year!
An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease.
If your loved one is experiencing memory loss, depression, falls, weight loss or has issues using multiple medications, resolve to schedule a senior health assessment.
Osteoporosis affects over 10 million Americans over the age of 50.
Women should screen for osteoporosis starting at age 65, or sooner if they have risk factors such as a low body weight, prior fracture, high-risk medication usage as well as a history of smoking, high caffeine and excessive alcohol use. Resolve to schedule a bone densitometry exam.
Almost half of all Americans will have some type of skin cancer by age 65.
Those over age 20 should have regular skin checkups with their doctor and perform a skin self-exam once a month. Resolve to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for a skin checkup.
If your BMI is over 25, you may be at risk for obesity and other diseases. Body mass index (BMI), the relationship between your weight and height, should fall between 18 and 25 to be considered a healthy weight. Resolve to check your BMI annually.
Schedule a check-up with your primary care doctor every 1 to 2 years depending on your age. Resolve to schedule a check-up with a primary care doctor (in internal or family medicine) every 1 to 2 years for those under age 40, and annually for those over age 40.
Blood pressure – Heart Disease – Cardiology
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can put you at risk of serious health conditions including heart attack and stroke. If you’re an adult, and it’s been more than a year since your last check-up, resolve to find a family medicine or internal medicine doctor and ask them about your blood pressure.
Pap smear – Cervical Cancer – Women’s Health
The STD human papillomavirus is the cause of nearly all cervical cancers, which are more common in women who don't have regular Pap tests. Cervical cancer screening and pelvic exams should begin approximately three years after a woman begins having sexual intercourse, but no later than at 21 years old. Resolve to find an Obstetrician/Gynecologist near you and ask them about important women’s health screenings.
Colonoscopy – Colon Cancer – Surgery
Colorectal cancer is the 4th most common form of cancer in the United States, following skin, breast and prostate, and lung cancers. Colorectal cancer is also one of the more curable and preventable forms of the disease if detected early. Resolve to have a colonoscopy every 10 years if you are over 50 or over 45 and African American.
Mammogram – Breast Cancer – Oncology
Regular mammograms help to diagnose breast cancer earlier when it is easier to treat and cure.
Doctors recommend a screening mammogram every year for women over 40. Resolve to schedule a mammogram at a screening location near you:
PSA blood test – Prostate Cancer – Oncology
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer.
PSA blood tests may be done annually to check for signs of prostate cancer in men. If you’re over 50, resolve to find a family medicine or internal medicine doctor, and talk about this screening.
Cholesterol – Heart Disease – Cardiology
High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined.
You should have your cholesterol checked at least every five years, starting at age 20. Resolve to find a family medicine or internal medicine doctor and ask them about your cholesterol.