It’s been a year since COVID-19 first began impacting our lives. If you are one of the many who canceled a doctor appointment, postponed an annual mammogram or put off another screening, now is the time to schedule these important check-ins and take care of your health.
Beaumont recommends several different screenings, tests and preventative health measures designed to keep you healthy and to help your doctor catch certain conditions before they become more serious.
Talk to your doctor about the following screenings and if they would benefit you based on your age or other factors. Your doctor may recommend other screenings and tests as well.
Annual wellness check - Everyone should see their doctor annually for a wellness check. It’s an opportunity to connect with your doctor about your overall health and make sure your blood pressure, weight and other numbers are within a healthy range.
Mammogram - All women over 40 should have a mammogram every year. Learn why and schedule yours online.
Colonoscopy - Patients should have their first colorectal cancer screening at age 50. To schedule yours, call your doctor today.
Pneumonia vaccine - Patients age 65 and older should receive a one-time pneumococcal vaccine. Call your doctor for more information.
Pap smear - Most women 21 - 64 years old should have a cervical cancer screening every three years. Learn more about the different requirements for cervical cancer screenings and how often you should receive one here.
Hb A1c testing - Patients age 18 - 75 with diabetes should have a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test every year, or more frequently if levels are elevated. Call your doctor for more information.
Nephropathy screening - Patients 18 - 75 years old with diabetes should have a screening test for nephropathy every year. Call your doctor for more information.
Eye exam - Patients 18 - 75 years old with diabetes should have a retinal or dilated eye exam by an eye care professional every two years if there is no evidence of retinopathy or annually if there is evidence of retinopathy. Call your doctor for more information.