From heart disease to cancer, many of the top risk factors that lead to serious illness are preventable.
With routine prevention, they can be detected early, treated and even cured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 100,000 lives each year could be saved if everyone received routine preventive care.
Don’t just see your doctor when you’re sick. Adults of all ages should get their health checked regularly with wellness exams throughout their life to avoid illness and detect problems early.
What’s a wellness exam?
Every wellness visit is different. Your age, health and gender determine which tests or screenings you should have. Your visit may include:
- Checking your height and weight
- Listening to your heart and lung sounds
- Scanning your body for suspicious moles or skin lesions
- Checking your abdomen, thyroid glands and lymph nodes along with your ears and eyes for any chronic conditions
- Screening your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Screening for conditions including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and depression
Colon cancer, heart disease and other medical issues in close relatives may alter the timing of screenings. You should routinely review your personal and family health history to see if anything has changed since your last visit. To view a preventative health schedule for your age and gender, check out the CDC’s Prevention Checklist.
A strong relationship with your doctor is essential to good health. Find your partner in health by calling
(763) 581-2273 or go to northmemorial.com.