For some reason, many of us do not focus on our health until something is wrong. Many conditions are avoidable or treatable when detected early, which is why regular assessments and check-ups are so important. Don’t wait until symptoms develop before you seek medical attention. The following seven health assessments should be completed sooner, rather than later.
7. Breast Exams
Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among American women. Luckily, when cancer is caught early, the rate of survival is high. Once breast cancer reaches stage 1, the 5-year survival rate is approximately 98 percent. Of course, as cancer progresses, it becomes harder and harder to treat.
Although your doctor should examine your breasts once a year during your physical examination, this is something you can do in the privacy of your home, at least once every month. If you find anything abnormal, seek a clinical breast exam, as well as a possible mammogram. The earlier you detect signs of breast cancer, the greater chance you have of beating it.