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Your Guide to Health Screenings

What, When and Why


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  • Embrace good body care! Good article, thanks SP.
  • These are not accurate. Talk to your doctor.
  • KKABIR2848
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    Best of luck to everyone!
  • I don't understand the connection between hypertension and diabetes as you can have one without the other.
  • Good info. As a registered independent dental hygienist I would also like to see included head,neck and oral cancer screening, available from your registered dental hygienist.
    I have never had an eye exam, except an eye chart when I was a child or at the DMV. Completely unnecessary unless you are having trouble.

    My family has never had dental insurance, and dental work is wicked expensive. I try to go every 2-3 years, but that's as good as it gets. They are requiring dental checkups for enrollment in kindergarten here now, but I think this is ridiculous. Many children are not going to tolerate this without sedation, which is not even covered by insurance.
  • Why is the age 50 for screening for Mammograms, I thought it was 40
    It was my understanding that the recommendation by the American Cancer Society was to start yearly mammograms at 40 years of age. Also, bone density scans are paid by my insurance starting at 50 years of age. It you wait to 65 years of age you can already have significant osteoporosis. I would like to add that the recommendation for women who had diabetes while pregnant is to get a Hemoglobin A1C drawn every 3 years.
  • Xrays twice a year! make sure your thyroid gland is adequately protected - you only get one. Once it is broken the care and treatment can often be denied to you.
    thank you for this article I go and have breast check in Lancashire every 6 months to stay on the safe side.
  • while most of the comments are helpful- i believe the less time you spend in an enclosed office with a lot of sick people the better.
    as far as the dentist - in this day and age with electric toothbrushes, good dental toothpaste, regular flossing and eating well - once a year to have a deep cleaning - xrays (which are hazardous to your health albeit necessary) is enough.
    the comment from previous contributors about 'insurance coverage' is well taken - the cost of these services has skyrocketed - and unless you have a predisposition to a certain problem - most of the 'visits recommended' are over rated.
    before i was diagnosed with Graves disease - which affected my eye sight - i was sent for unnecessary tests, eye doctors did not see or know what the problem was - and it was not until i DEMANDED to see an ENDOCRINOLOGIST was the actual diagnosis pinpointed - which was TWO years of me complaining and insisting.
    so the point here is TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF - you are your best judge - BB
    Forgot to add - Great article!!!!
    Guidelines have changed regarding initial pap smear. It is now 21yrs or 3 years after female becomes sexually active, whichever occurs first.
  • ANN-1958
    I go for regular dental cleaning every 4 months, three times a year. Although my insurance plan pays for only two per year, I go for the extra one. Especially if you build up plaque more than normal.
    I have to agree on the twice-a-year dental checkups. Ever since I first started sporting teeth, my mom made me go to the dentist twice a year: once before school started, and once around my birthday. It's very, very important. I take excellent care of my teeth, but I had a cavity and an old filling coming loose, which would have gone unnoticed (presumably) for an entire year had I not gone in for a checkup when I did.

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