Get regular checkups and screenings from your doctor if possible.
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare.
The best place to go for health services is your regular health care provider. However, if you do not have access to a provider, here are two options in Summit County:
Call them for a complete list of services they provide and where to go for other needs.
Here is a list of recommended exams and screenings from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection
- Colorectal Cancer Screening
- High Blood Pressure
- Oral Health
- Prostate Cancer Screening
- Skin Cancer
- Viral Hepatitis
Before your next checkup, the Centers for Disease Control recommends you do these four things:
- Review your family health history. Are there any new conditions or diseases that have occurred in your close relatives since your last visit? If so, let your health care provider know. Your provider will assess your risk of disease based on your family history and other factors.
- Find out if you are due for any general screenings or vaccinations. Have you had the recommended screening tests based on your age, general health, family history and lifestyle? Check with your health care provider to see if it’s time for any vaccinations, follow-up exams or tests.
- Write down a list of issues and questions to take with you. Review any existing health problems and note any changes. Be honest with your provider. Be sure to write your questions down beforehand. Once you’re in the office or exam room, it can be hard to remember everything you want to know. Leave room between questions to write down your provider’s answers.
- Consider your future. Are there specific health issues that need addressing concerning your future? Discuss any issues with your provider so that you can make better decisions regarding your health and safety.