Make 2012 your healthiest year
When it comes to our health, it is always best to be proactive. Regular health screenings are important and can help you find problems before they start or identify them early so you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible. We at OhioHealth’s Grady Memorial Hospital have put together this list of 10 important check-ups you should consider to make 2012 your healthiest.
Breast and testicular self-exam
(men and women; age 20+; monthly)
Beginning at age 20, women — and men — should begin performing monthly breast self-examinations. Additionally, men should begin performing a testicular self-exam on a monthly basis.
Blood pressure exam
(men and women; all ages; annual)
Knowing your blood pressure is important: whether you are a man or woman, 15 years old or 50 years old.
Dental care visit
(men and women; all ages; biannual)
Dental health is important for men and women of all ages. It is strongly recommended that you have biannual check-ups to prevent cavities and remove harmful plaque.
(men and women; age 20+)
Physical exams are also important, but how frequently you should have them depends on your age. Men and women ages 20–39 should schedule a physical check-up every three years, ages 40–49 every two years, and then every year after age 50.
Clinical breast exam
(women; age 20+; annual)
At 20 years of age, women should begin having annual clinical breast exams with their physician. Once women reach 40 years of age, they should begin scheduling an annual mammogram screening.
(men; age 40+; annual)
Men should begin having a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test PSA screening and digital rectal exam every year, starting at age 50. African Americans and men with a family history should start at age 40.
(women; age 13+; every 1–3 years)
Women should first have a gynecological pelvic exam between the ages of 13–15 and then schedule exams every one to three years, assuming they have had 3 consecutive normal tests.
(men and women)
Sexually active men and women who believe they might be at risk for STDs should consult with their physicians to determine an appropriate screening schedule.
Complete blood count/Urinalysis
(men and women; age 20+)
Starting at age 20, men and women should begin screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, as well as kidney and thyroid function. Men and women ages 20–39 should schedule a screening every three years, ages 40–49 every two years, and then every year after age 50.
Postmenopausal women should consult with their physicians to determine an appropriate schedule testing for signs of osteoporosis.
Depending on your health status or risk factors, your physician may recommend screenings or check-ups at different intervals or additional tests. Talk to your physician to find out which ones you need and schedule an appointment today. If you don’t have a physician, make it your New Year’s resolution to find one by going to ohiohealth.com and selecting “Find a Doctor.”
Courtesy of Grady Memorial Hospital.