Like many, I took my health for granted. I was lucky to live for 60 years with no major healthcare issues. But my luck ran out on November 24, 2014, when I was diagnosed with a central nervous system brain tumor that turned my life upside down. If you have been reading Nurse Advocate you know the story.
A primary care doctor will help you maintain your health and also direct care if/when you need advanced care with specialists. To gain insight into how your primary care physician can be the quarterback of your health care team, read this article.
Keep in mind these charts are guidelines. If you have a history of cancer or other chronic condition, talk to your primary care physician about screening test you should get due to your family history that might be outside of the recommended guideline(s).
MOVE: Watching how much you eat will help you control your weight. The other key is to be more physically active. Being active helps reduce your risk of cancer and other conditions by helping with weight control. It can also help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works. Today, there are some good tools that will help you eat better, move and change your behaviors so you are reducing your risk factors. One such tool are Wearables.