· Routine checkups: Adults can have a checkup every 1-3 years until the age of 50. After that, an annual checkup is recommended. In a regular checkup, the medical practitioner will perform a physical exam and screen for high blood pressure, body mass index, and depression. He or she will counsel the patient if drug, alcohol, or tobacco cessation programs are needed.
· Breast cancer: While the medical community is still debating the effectiveness of mammograms and ultrasounds, women should begin annual screenings at the age of 40.
· Cervical cancer: Pap smears should occur every 1-3 years.
· Cholesterol and lipid screening: Blood work should be performed every 5 years.
· Dental and periodontal disease, including oral cancer: Visiting a dentist every 6 months ensures that a patient is maintaining proper screening.
· Diabetes Mellitus, adult type 2: Starting at age 45, screening should be done every three years.
· Hearing impairment: Screening usually does not occur unless patient indicates there is a problem. Speak with your practitioner if you have a concern about hearing loss.
· Osteoporosis: Women should speak with their practitioner about screening for bone density upon entering menopause.
· Sexually transmitted diseases: Sexually active men and women should be screened annually.
· Skin cancer: Checkups can be done every three years until the age of 40. After 40, seek an annual checkup, which can be done during a routine exam.
· Testicular and prostate cancers: Monthly self-screenings and a professional screening done at the routine exam is sufficient, unless, after age 40, male patients should undergo a digital exam and blood test screening.
· Visual impairment and eye disease: Once every 3-5 years, a visit should be made to an optometrist for screening.
If you have a risk factor, speak to your medical practitioner about increasing screenings. It can mean the difference between a healthy, happy life and the alternative. Transcription Plus, LLC wants all of our clients and business partners to live long and happy lives.
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Transcription Plus, LLC
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