Sometimes we may avoid annual health check-ups because we’re just too busy or don’t have time to research what preventative care steps we need to take. At MedSpring, we’re all about convenience and your health, so we tried to make it easy for you to stay on top of your health in 2015.
We’ve compiled this *basic health “to do list” for the year so you know what appointments to make and when.
- Annual Physical Exam with your primary care physician
- (For women) Annual pelvic exam and clinical breast exam with your primary care physician or, for some, gynecologist
- Dental Appointment #1
- Dermatology Appointment
- Dental Appointment #2 (approximately 6 months after your first appointment)
- (For men) Cholesterol screen (every five years at age 35 and above). Earlier and more frequent cholesterol screens are recommended for those at high risk.
- (For women) Cholesterol screen (every five years at age 45 and above). Earlier and more frequent screens are recommended for those at high risk.
- (For women) Mammogram
- (For men) PSA test for prostate cancer screen upon consultation with your doctor
- Stress Echocardiogram Test (if recommended by doctor)
- Eye Appointment: this can be done under the age of 40 for those with higher risk or if with vision problems.
- Bone density scan (for women aged 65 and above; for men, upon consultation with your primary care doctor)
- Hearing test (can be done sooner if you experience hearing problems)
- (For men who have ever smoked) Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
Annual physicals are important. Doctors can make recommendations if you’ve experienced such things as drastic weight loss or gain, or experienced changes in your vital signs, especially your blood pressure. Those with certain conditions may need to monitor their blood pressure more frequently. A depression screen can also be done as well as a fasting blood test to screen for diabetes.
Your primary care doctor may also discuss potential health concerns with you based upon your family history, and suggest lifestyle changes to best prevent them.
Make it easy and schedule your Annual Physical Exam at a MedSpring center where the service is available: http://medspring.com/primary-care-family-practice.
A pap smear is done every three years for women 21 – 65 years of age unless of an absence of the uterus and cervix due to surgical removal (total hysterectomy). More frequent pap smears are indicated for high risk patients.
In addition to the above, women should perform breast self-exams every month to detect any changes in their breast tissue.
Finally, a general STI/STD test may be recommended even if safe sex is practiced.
Getting your teeth cleaned and evaluated by a dentist improves your oral health. Dentists can identify problems that you may not – like cavities, gum disease or oral cancer.
Regular skin exams are recommended for those at risk for developing skin cancer. All individuals should check their skin monthly to detect any changes.
– Flu shot (recommended annually, best to obtain in October before flu season hits)
– HPV vaccine (3 doses for young women)
– Meningitis vaccine (if recommended)
– Some may also need to obtain the following vaccines: tetanus booster (required every 10 years), chickenpox vaccine (2 doses), measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (1 or 2 doses), shingles vaccine, hepatitis A (2 doses) and hepatitis B (3 doses)
Once you’re 30, you should also schedule:
After 40, include:
Once you are over 50, add a few additional screens:
*This list is meant to be a general guideline, and not meant to replace the advice of your medical provider, nor is it a comprehensive list of all medical tests you may need during the year.