Dr. Klug gets asked this a lot and her answer: absolutely! The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) sets the standards for preventive care and Dr. Klug suggests you follow their recommendations:
- Breast Cancer Screening: Every 2 years with mammogram unless risk factors deem otherwise. Dr. Klug adds that thermography can be used instead of mammography. This is not in the USPTF recommendations. Bring it up at your next visit for more information and who to see since not all thermograms are created equal.
- Pap Smear: Every 3 years unless being followed for an abnormal pap until age 65. That’s right! No paps once you turns 65. Women who have had their cervix removed, usually as part of a hysterectomy, do not need pap smears.
- Colonoscopy: At age 50 unless risk factors deem otherwise. According to your gastroenterologist's recommendations after that.
- Prostate Specific Antigen: Not recommended. Many doctors are still ordering this test that has led to unnecessary and debilitating procedures and surgery.
USPSTF doesn’t cover dentistry. The most common recommendations are to brush twice daily, floss once daily and see a dentist for cleaning at least yearly. It’s clear that poor dental health is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature and low birth weight infants, osteoporosis, lung conditions, autoimmune diseases and obesity. Who knew the importance of a healthy mouth?
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