Aw Man… I just got a reminder from Zocdoc and Lens Crafters that it’s been a year. I am so busy these days but I need to prioritize. Prevention is not only better but it is cheaper than cure. So I am about to make the list of the screenings/ up to dating that WE all need to complete this year.
Eye exam every 1-2 years especially if you wear glasses- If you normally opt out of the dilated pupil exam you may opt in this year just for the sake of “thoroughness”.
Dentist- For your dental exam/ Xrays and Deep cleaning – twice a year would be ideal. Low risk groups (like most of my friends) maybe can get away with once a year. If you are a smoker or diabetic quite frankly you should be seen a few times a year and of course stop smoking (easier said than done).
Gynecology- Annual GYN exam is recommended- this does not mean that you need a PAP smear every year. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) generally recommends screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with a Pap smear every 3 years.
Annual Physical with your Primary Care Doctor- for basic blood work, blood pressure check, weight monitoring ( can reference the know your numbers 101 post)
Dermatologist- every 6 months to 1 year if you are high risk for skin cancers i.e. fair skinned. If you have darker skin then see the derm as needed. Or if you have any suspicious lesions on your skin then schedule an appointment ASAP .If a dermatologist recommends a different frequency for visits then follow their instructions since I am not a dermatologist. It is always best to err on the side of caution. I have had a birth mark biopsied to rule out acral letiginous melanoma (The condition that Bob Marley died from which is rare but has a higher incidence in people of color). In retrospect it was overkill but the dermatologist did agree with my concern. Now I have peace of mind that I don’t have a rare form of cancer under my foot.
This post is targeted at millennials. MAMMOGRAMS will not be addressed here If you are 40+ discuss at your annual visit with your primary care provider whether it is right for you.
So I am due for all of the above (except the derm) so I gotta go get scheduling!