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Medical Tests Everyone Should Get
As a kid, you likely hated going to the doctor. Kids have done crazy things to avoid that yearly checkup, whether it’s to avoid being poked and prodded, having their blood drawn, or just seeing that grouchy pediatrician with the bushy gray mustache.
As adults, we’re no longer being forced to see the doctor. The problem with that is we may then decide to never go.
While you likely don’t need to pop into the doctor’s office every time you get a head cold, there are a few medical tests that needs to be on your radar. It’s important, for your health and future well-being, that you regularly go in for these tests.
Mammograms are recommended for all women after age 40, every year, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer. Most insurance plans cover a mammogram, and getting one can save your life. It’s important to call a local center, like this Edison, NJ Breast Center and schedule a mammogram regularly.
This has become the standard test for diabetes, since it measures your blood glucose levels over a period of three months. Doctors recommend that all adults after age 45 get this test every 3 years, but anyone who’s overweight or has a higher risk of diabetes should start getting them sooner.
Skin cancer rates are on the rise, so it’s a good idea to have a dermatologist check for warning signs every year. If you have a lot of moles or a family history of skin cancer, go one better and get checked every six months.
It’s a good idea for anyone to get a regular eye exam to make sure your vision is still 20/20 and you don’t need correction, or to see if you need a stronger prescription. The biggest reason to get an eye exam, however, to to check for any serious problems, such as glaucoma, before the problem gets too serious.
Blood pressure check
A good reason to go to that physical, a blood pressure check is a routine exam you should receive regularly. High blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure, so making sure your pressure is spot on is an important part of your well being.
Comedic songs have been written about this medical test, one that everyone should get at age 50 and beyond. A colonoscopy examines your colon to check for polyps, tumors, bleeding, or other issues. Since colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, it’s an important one to have done. Look into your local options, like Harrisburg Gastroenterology.