It’s time to be proactive, knowledgeable about health | Online features
Adelante Healthcare is urging people in Arizona not to wait until the New Year to make doctor’s appointments and get screened for various illnesses.
There are 12 screenings that adults should be aware of, some of which are ignored.
“Prevention and early detection can save lives,” said Pedro Cons, CEO of Adelante Healthcare.
“In 2021 alone, our providers screened 12,567 patients for cervical cancer and 5,478 for colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that there is a much higher survival rate for patients when cancer is caught early.
Adelante Healthcare has nine locations statewide, including Buckeye, Goodyear, and Peoria.
Each facility is multilingual, accepts the AHCCCS, and has certified application advisers to help patients obtain low-cost health insurance to meet their budget and personal needs. No one is refused for financial or insurance reasons.
In the spirit of Christmas, here are 12 must-see screenings.
Blood pressure screening: Adults over 18 should have their blood pressure checked every two to five years, in most cases. However, people over 40 should have annual blood pressure screening. Untreated blood pressure problems can lead to stroke, heart disease, heart attack, and kidney failure.
Cholesterol screening: Children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked at least once between 9 and 11 years old and again between 17 and 21 years old. Healthy adults should have their cholesterol tested every four years, and more often after age 40. High cholesterol may not have any symptoms. but can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes screening: Experts recommend that overweight adults between the ages of 35 and 70 get screened for type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that one in three Americans has prediabetes, which can eventually cause kidney damage, often leading to dialysis, eye damage or an increased risk of heart disease or stroke if left untreated.
Semi-annual dental examination: Everyone should see a dentist for a routine dental check-up, oral cancer screening, and cleaning every six months, including children 1 year and older. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and a host of health complications, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. And unfilled cavities can cause extreme pain, infection, and tooth loss.
Vaccinations (including influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccination): Doctors recommend that anyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. Likewise, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging all people over the age of 5 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A recent study shows that unvaccinated people are 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19, compared to fully vaccinated people.
Screening for infectious diseases: There are many sexually transmitted diseases that adults should be screened for, including chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis, to name a few. Sexually active adults are advised to get tested regularly, especially those who have more than one partner. Untreated STDs can lead to serious complications, including death.
Screening for breast cancer / mammography and cervical cancer in women: The American Cancer Society recommends that women have their first mammogram before the age of 40 and continue screening each year. Screening for cervical cancer should start at age 21 and be done every three years until age 30, then every five years, and / or with a Pap smear every three years.
Colon cancer screening: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women. Screening should begin at age 45 using the recommended screening tests.
Prostate cancer screening: Men should start screening for prostate cancer at age 55, if no member of their immediate family has a history of prostate cancer. Then, it is recommended to continue screening every year to two years depending on the results.
Skin checks for cancer: Arizona is one of the sunniest states in the country, so everyone should be screened for skin cancer annually, regardless of race or skin tone. Unfortunately, most people are not diagnosed with skin cancer until it reaches a later stage and is more difficult to treat.
Depression screening / mental health check-up: Depression affects nearly 10% of the population and is one of the leading causes of suicide. Doctors recommend that all adults and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 be screened for depression annually.
Annual exams for the whole family: Once a year everyone, including babies, toddlers, children, teens, and adults, should get a well check. Doctors will inspect hearts, breathing, height, weight, ears, blood pressure, and more during these visits. Adults will also have routine blood tests to check cholesterol, electrolyte levels, hydration status, liver function, kidney function, and blood cell values. Adolescent care visits should be scheduled for newborns up to the age of 15 months and health checks for children and adolescents up to 21 years.
“You might not be able to put a bow in it, but there is no better gift than the gift of good health and longevity,” Cons said. “Taking the time to see a doctor and receive the proper exams for your age group is the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones this holiday season. ”