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What are preventive services and why are they important?

By iCare

September 30, 2019

Preventive Services include Shots

Preventive services are tests and recommendations from your doctor designed to keep you healthy and are critical to your overall health. Preventive services include screenings, exams, and immunizations that identify health problems early so you can take action to keep them from becoming chronic conditions. Here’s a look into a few examples of preventive care.

Wellness Visit: This is your annual exam. Your doctor checks your height, weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. A fasting blood draw is often done for this visit as well to check your cholesterol and glucose levels. Think of this as your general maintenance check, and make it a priority.

Immunizations: Kids aren’t the only ones who need vaccinations to help prevent health problems. There are several immunizations recommended for adults, including protection against flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pneumonia, shingles, chicken pox and whooping cough. Talk to your doctor for a recommended immunization schedule.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: This preventive measure is recommended for men and women once they reach age 50. Colonoscopies are standard for this screening; however, potential alternatives may be an option for you. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

Breast Cancer Screening: Mammograms are x-rays of the breasts to look for cancer. Most of the time, women survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early enough. Around age 40, women should start talking to their doctors about when to get their first mammogram. From ages 50 to 74, women are advised to get a mammogram every two years.

Cervical Cancer Screening: This screening for women is also known as a Pap test, which can help find abnormal or changed cervical cells before they become cancerous. It can also find cervical cancer in stages early enough to potentially cure the cancer. Check with your doctor for screening recommendations.

Obesity Screening and Counseling: If you’re trying to achieve a healthy weight, your doctor can provide some guidance. This could include reviewing your body mass index (BMI) with you and identifying other potential health risks.

Type 2 Diabetes Screening: Diabetes can cause many health problems, and once you have diabetes, it can only be managed – not cured. The good news is that it’s preventable. A healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight are essential to diabetes prevention. If you want to know more about your risk and prevention, talk with your doctor.

Depression Screening: Depression is an illness that can affect your thoughts, moods, and activity level. If you think you may be experiencing depression, schedule a medical check-up so you can talk with your doctor about how you’re feeling and decide on the best course of action.

Note: Preventive care services are fully covered only when you receive them from providers in iCare’s provider network and when they are conducted in-line with your preventive care schedule. Contact Customer Service or your Care Coordinator for more information about your benefits and covered preventive care services.

Last Updated 9/30/19


Kirk Heminger

By iCare 

iCare has been securing the wellness of people with complex conditions for over two decades.

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