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Get a Head Start on Your Health The best time to schedule a preventive screening? Right now. If you’re like a lot of people, you might have put off your annual checkup in 2020 because of COVID-19. And that’s completely understandable. Plenty of us have taken extra care not to expose ourselves to the virus. But checkups focused on preventive care — including needed screenings and immunizations — are important and can help identify problems early. Some screenings are recommended for people in specific age ranges. For example, colon cancer screenings and mammograms generally happen after age 50. Some, such as high blood pressure and body mass index (BMI), should be checked every year. Screenings can also identify symptoms of depression. The bottom line: Preventive screenings can help your health care provider catch conditions early, often before they get serious. And that can help keep you healthy. And if you’re concerned about COVID-19, take heart: Many providers are offering virtual care visits, which let you use your computer or mobile device to connect with a provider.
In short, there’s no time like the present when it comes to screenings. Ask your provider how to get started today.
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