Pediatric checkups and well child visits: Keeping your children healthy and up-to-date on their vaccines is essential. Work with your pediatrician or care center to make sure your kids do not miss these important in-person visits.
Pap tests: With or without human papillomavirus (HPV) screening: These tests can detect certain cancers of the cervix, as well as viral conditions that put women at higher risk for cervical cancer. If your recent pap tests were normal, you should have a pap test every three to five years. However, if you have a history of abnormal Pap tests, you may need to have them more frequently.
Mammograms: A yearly mammogram (or more or less frequent, as your doctor recommends) is an essential step in early detection of breast cancer.
Bone mineral density tests: As women get older, thinning bones can increase the risk of fractures. This test assesses your risk and helps your doctor decide if you need calcium supplements or other treatment for bone mineral loss.
Prostate cancer screening: Men should follow their doctor’s instructions on getting tested for prostate cancer regularly.
Women and Men
Colonoscopy: Women and men should get colonoscopies starting at age 45, according to recently updated recommendations. Colonoscopies can spot colon cancer, which when treated early, can be managed effectively.
Tests for heart and vascular health: For heart health, adults should keep track of their blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).
You should follow your doctor’s guidance on getting regular blood tests for factors relevant to heart disease risk, such as:
- Blood sugar
- Coronary artery calcium
- C-reactive protein
- Other factors as your doctor suggests
Maintaining Your Health
With so much attention focused on COVID-19, it is easy to forget about other health issues such as cancer or heart disease, but these threats are still around. The good news is that with screening, in many cases, you can prevent them or catch problems early so that treatment is more effective.
Preventive measures such as mammograms, pap tests, colonoscopies and other tests and screenings are essential to good health. And, just as important: If you are experiencing any symptoms or signs of illness, do not wait. Call us or your health care provider and let us help.
Your primary care provider is a partner with you in the management of your daily health and the prevention of disease. We are here for you and are eager to help you live the healthiest life possible. There is no reason to delay your health care, our team has taken a number of steps to put your health first when you come in for a visit.
Dr. Andrew Gilmartin is a founding partner, Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician at Changebridge Medical Associates, a member of Consensus Health, In Montville, and has been dedicated to serving the local community for the last 10 years