At the start of the New Year, many of us pause for reflection over the last year’s events. This practice can be quite valuable and an excellent opportunity to evaluate goals you want to set for your personal health or to give yourself a clean slate and an opportunity to start afresh.
Many of us have vowed to eat better, start exercising or stop smoking – all excellent goals, but one of the important things that is mostly forgotten when it comes to your personal health is screening tests.
What is a screening test? Screening means checking your body for cancer or disease before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk.
Timing of screening depends on your personal health history and family health history and may start as early as age 35.
Talk to your doctor and make your health a priority in 2020!