As we kick off a new year, it’s important to take some time to set our resolutions and reflect on 2020.
Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down? This year try to choose goals that focus on your mental and physical health. For people all over the world, unprecedented health challenges greeted us in 2020. As a result, many of us have found gratitude for a heath in a way we may have taken for granted in years past.
While we still face a lot of uncertainty, make sure you include scheduling annual appointments and check-ups this year to ensure that you’re staying on top of your health and wellness.
By scheduling your annual preventative check-ups, you can detect polyps or cancer, and minimize complications from procedures, which can mean spending less time in the hospital.
You should see a gastroenterologist if you experience any of the following:
|· Leakage / underwear stains
· Rectal Bleeding
· Bowel movement urges that are hard to control
· Changes in bowel habits
· Pale-colored stools
· Dark Urine
|· Heartburn (acid reflux)
· Abdominal pain or bloating
· Excessive gas or belching
· Esophageal pain
· Loss of appetite or weight
When is the last time you received a Colon Cancer screening?
You should be seeing a gastroenterologist for a screening colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. You may need to be screened earlier or more regularly based on your family history and other potential risk factors.
Start your year by scheduling your first screening with Centers for Gastroenterology or have a follow-up appointment with a provider. Colonoscopies can detect colon cancer early when it’s easiest to treat. Take control of your health this year by speaking with a provider about the best screening schedule for you.
Pushing off your screening could lead to undetected issues that become more challenging to treat. Go to our website and schedule your appointment today.