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  • Writer's pictureSimone Coleman

Health Check In

Hey You!!! Doing a health check in!

I'm sure you know by this point of your life the importance of regular checkups. But do you know the relevance of early detection? Checkups are what I refer to as 'Lifeline Screening'. It's where you have multiple pathways to repairing your health, but when you don't have those options, you are in a lifeline mode trying to navigate through the issues and diagnosis. We are all aging, even us youngins... and we will all have a phase of health concerns.

Think of it as the screening you need to see what or if there is a problem. My my, how many lives can be spared if we did our part and conducted self-examinations, knew our family medical history, or went to the doctor for unbearable pains. Do you know early detection and early diagnosis can have a better lasting result-meaning a diagnosis can be curable and have a better survival rate? The Percentage of Good Outcomes from Early Detection is high, however the specifics depend on the diagnosis. The American Association for Cancer Research conducts research collecting data from individuals living with, through, and beyond their disease.

According to The Guardian , "Cancer survival rates are three times higher with early diagnosis." Comparing to Cancer Research UK, 80% of patients survive for at least 10 years after being diagnosed in early stages of eight of most common cancers. What I find most rewarding is that early recognition for getting to the root of the issue and optimizing the treatment plans if any are required.

Here are some examples of follow up specialty appointments that are imperative as we age. Keep in mind, your age plays a factor in some of these specialties.

  • Physicals yearly (recommended age 15+ -of course youth will have frequent doctor's visits for other needs)

  • Dentist yearly (recommended if you were born with teeth like me, you may come out the womb with a dental bill. But on average youth may begin going to the dentist as early as 1yr old)

  • Eye exams yearly (recommended age of 6months+ )

  • OBGYN (recommended for girls starting at age 13+)

  • Prostate exam (recommended age 40+)

  • Colonoscopy (beginning at age 45)

  • Breast exam (women to begin breast self-exams by the age of 20. Women should have a clinical breast exam by a physician every three years until the age of 40. After the age of 40, women should have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every year.)

Specialty Physicians

  • Rheumatologist (depending on diagnosis from birth+)

  • Endocrinologist (depending on diagnosis from birth+)

  • Oncologist (depending on diagnosis from birth+)

  • Hematologist (depending on diagnosis from birth+)

  • Others (Dermatologist, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Urology, Nephrology, to name a few) (depending on diagnosis from birth+)

The take home message is, you don’t have to be a hypochondriac per say however, overall, you should keep your team of doctors in the loop of major treatment plans, diagnosis, & etc. Share information, utilize the release of your medical records to your emergency contact and your specialty physicians so they are aware of the medical tracing.

What happens when you don’t tend to your health, realistically you may dealing with health challenges you didn’t know existed until it’s too late. You get one body, how do you choose to protect it? It may not be physical fitness or eating right for you but are you in a healthy status, if you’re not willing to pour into your body that way at least ensure your seen on a consistent basis and taking control of your health in that matter.

Check in on your strong folks who do it all! They too need to stay on track, because if they are taking care of self, they won't be able to be there for anyone else. There is a huge task in taking time to take care of you!!!

Check-in, take care of your body, do what you want for your body to make it better. Our world needs you!

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