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Health Screenings After 50

Even if you’ve lived a healthy life, as you enter your 50s, your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as arthritis, heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, and even depression increases. These diseases can take years off your life, as well as affect the quality of your life.

Getting regular screenings can help you:

  • Lower your risk of chronic disease or illness
  • Save money on your medical costs, since chronic diseases require additional medical care
  • Delay or prevent illness or disease by catching them early and treating them

Basically, there’s every reason for you to take charge of your health, especially since most preventive services and screenings are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare!

Know What Tests You Need

These are a few of the most common screenings you need starting at age 50:

  • Women should get a mammogram every 2 years
  • Colorectal cancer screenings every year
  • Regular diabetes screenings
  • Lipid disorder screenings to monitor blood cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis screenings should start at age 60 to screen for healthy bones

The best way to stay healthy and keep up on your screenings is to get regular health checkups. Depending on your gender and your family health history, your doctor may recommend additional screenings for you.

Call us for more information about the health screenings you need at (888) 499-9303.

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Early Detection: Your Secret Weapon Against Cancer

This year, about 1.7 million people in the U.S. will find out they have cancer. But the good news is that cancer screenings and the right treatment will help nine out of 10 of them survive breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

Here’s what you need to know about how health screenings can find cancer early.

One in every eight women will get breast cancer. Women 50 to 74 years old should get a breast exam, called a mammogram, every two years. A regular exam can help detect tumors and other signs of the disease that are hard to find.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. Men and women between 50 and 75 years of age have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. Getting a colonoscopy every 10 years is the best way to find and treat it. You also can use an at-home FIT kit stool test, but it should be done every year.

Cervical cancer is best treated if it’s found early. If you’re a woman 21 to 64 years old, you should get a Pap screen, which tests for cervical cancer. During that exam, you can get tested for the HPV virus, which also can cause the disease.

  • You should be screened for HPV every three years if you’re between 21 and 29 years of age or if you don’t get tested for HPV during your Pap exam.
  • If you’re over 30 years of age, you should get an HPV screening and a Pap exam every five years.

Call us at (888) 499-9303 to find out which cancer screenings you need.

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Stay Ahead of Your Behind

When people check their health, they often do not think of their behind. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. The good news is that there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Studies suggest that having a healthy diet and exercise routine, drinking less alcohol, and avoiding tobacco can help lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer.

Although a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer, it is still important to get screened regularly. Getting screened can prevent colorectal cancer or find early forms of cancer that can be treated. It is important to get screened on a regular basis starting at age 50.

Although signs may not be present in the early stages, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Feeling as if your bowel does not empty completely
  • Blood in your stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains or cramps, feeling full, or bloated
  • Weight loss for an unknown reason
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you regularly experience these symptoms and would like to get a screening for colorectal cancer, contact AltaMed to request a FIT kit.* A FIT kit allows you to complete your screening in the comfort of your home.

Put your health first and call us at (888) 499-9303 to speak with us today!

*Must be at least 50 years old.

Health Screenings After 50