New Year’s resolutions vary from finding a new hobby to losing weight. Whatever it is that you plan to focus on, don’t forget about the most important thing….your health. Most healthy adults neglect their health since they “feel fine.” Leading an active lifestyle and feeling well is important but there are numerous conditions that can go without symptoms until the condition becomes severe.
In addition to routine bloodwork to screen for conditions such as cholesterol and thyroid conditions, screening for certain cancers can save your life if caught early enough. For women, screening for cervical and breast cancer is recommended depending on age. These are simple and cost-effective ways of screening for the most common cancers that cause death in women. As recommended for women over the age of 50, it is also recommended that men be screened for colon cancer. Earlier screening is recommended if there is significant family history of colorectal cancer or polyps. Men can also benefit from physical exam screening for testicular cancer.
Certain metabolic conditions can go years without having significant symptoms. Some people have lived with elevated blood pressure and never know until checked. Having uncontrolled blood pressure will eventually lead to heart strain and kidney failure. Similarly, uncontrolled diabetes, elevated cholesterol and thyroid conditions can cause chronic changes to your organs if gone undiagnosed and untreated.
With 2016 just around the corner, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Contact your doctor today to discuss which screenings are recommended for your age and gender and be sure to take control of your health!