The end of the year can be a crazy time. Between work, family, and the added stress of the holidays it is easy to see how to-do lists start piling up and things like doctor visits can fall by the wayside. During this hectic season it is important to remember to take time for your and your family’s health.
These annual checkups and preventative screenings are fast, effective, and covered by your AdventHealth HMO plan with Disney. So before 2018 ends, be sure to take advantage of all that your HMO plan has to offer with these four preventative appointments:
1. Your Annual Physical (for adults and kids)
Routine visits with your primary care physician can help find problems early or prevent them before they occur. Since your primary care physician is familiar with you and your medical history, they can spot issues and help prevent them from becoming larger problems. These visits can give you a great overview of your health and can pave the way for healthy resolutions in the new year.
2. Women’s Annual Wellness Visit
Your annual women’s wellness visit is an important check up that focuses on the female reproductive system and sexual health. This check up is used to screen for more specific issues such as pregnancy, cervical cancer, breast cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases. Developing a relationship of trust is crucial with your doctor so you feel comfortable bringing any kind of questions to them.
3. Screening Mammogram (for adults age 35 and older)
A mammogram is an x-ray picture taken of a women’s breast to check for tumors that cannot be felt that may be the result of breast cancer. The procedure typically includes two x-rays of each breast, and lasts about 30 minutes. Screening mammograms are important because they help doctors detect breast cancer early so they can start treatment sooner with higher chances of success at combating the disease.
4. Screening Colonoscopy (for adults age 50 and older)
A colonoscopy is an important tool for detecting colon cancer. During the quick procedure, a tiny camera attached to a thin flexible tube is used to view the colon. This allows a doctor to inspect the lining of the colon and detect any abnormalities that may become colon cancer.
Be sure to cross off these preventative care measures from your 2018 checklist for a strong start to the new year. If you have more specific questions about what these preventative measures include, contact your personal physician. If you don’t have a personal physician yet, Contact the Member Experience Center. With one call, we can help get you connected to a personal Primary Care Physician and get you scheduled right away. Call (855) 747-7476 today!