These screenings are the key to early detection
Staying on top of your health may seem overwhelming, but an easy way to protect your health is through regular screenings.
“Early detection is a big deal,” says Dr. Brill. “If we can catch something early, that’s when it’s most treatable and why these screenings are so vital in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
Dr. Brill says some of the key screenings recommended by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force include:
- Breast cancer: A mammogram can spot cancer up to three years before a lump can be felt.
- Colorectal cancer: A colonoscopy can prevent and detect colon cancer, one of the more treatable cancers if caught early.
- Cervical cancer: Screenings offer the best chance for early detection and successful treatment.
- Heart disease risk factors: Our $49 heart scan can reveal coronary heart disease that can lead to a heart attack.
- Mental health: Screenings in combination with adequate support systems can greatly improve outcomes.
Follow up with your primary care health provider to review which screenings are appropriate for you.
About the Author
Andy Johnson, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator with Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. He’s been with Advocate Aurora since 2000 serving in various internal and external communication roles. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for the Journal Times and Burlington Standard Press. He enjoys kayaking, biking, and camping but most of all, spending time with his family.