Steps to Better Health
For optimal health, the American Medical Association recommends healthy eating; regular physical activity; avoiding alcohol and substance abuse; quitting tobacco use; taking medications as prescribed; controlling blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol; and regular visits with your family physician or healthcare provider.
Below are recommendations for general health screenings for both men and women. For specific recommendations for men's screenings, follow this link. For women's screenings, click here.
General screening recommendations:
- Consider a stress test if you have angina, chest pain and/or pressure with exertion or emotional strain, or shortness of breath.
- Consider chest imaging (chest X-ray) if you have certain occupational exposures, especially if you are a smoker or use tobacco.
- Consider skin cancer screening if you are fair skinned and/or have a family history of skin cancer. Have your physician examine any new skin lesions or moles that have changed in color, size or other appearance.
- Consider sexually transmitted disease screening (including HIV-AIDS) if you are sexually active.
- Consider screening for bladder cancer if you have certain occupational exposures, especially if you smoke or use tobacco.
- Consider screening for peripheral vascular disease if you experience pain in the calf or lower leg on exertion that goes away with rest.