Wellness Wisdom – Your Health Plan

February 1, 2023

Written by Nicole Baldwin FNP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner

While everyone is thinking of new things to do for 2023, don’t forget your health plan! Has it been a while since you’ve been to your primary care provider? Then I’m sure you have missed some health screenings. Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases and health conditions before there are signs or symptoms. Screenings help find problems early, potentially making them easier to treat. It is recommended that women have cervical cancer screenings starting at age 21. Mammograms are yearly for women aged 40 and over. It is recommended that men get screened for prostate cancer beginning at age 40. Colon cancer screenings are recommended at age 50. Men and women regardless of age should be screened for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and mental health conditions yearly. Children should have annual visits as well to stay updated on vaccines, to be screened for proper weight and nutrition needs, high blood pressure, and other developmental milestones.

Visit www.health.gov/myhealthfinder to view other recommendations for according to age.

Stay healthy and be well!