|June 14, 2012||Posted by Carrie under FitFluential, Fitness Friday|
I talk a lot here about eating healthy and exercising. Those are definitely key components to being healthy.
But, there’s a lot going on inside these amazing bodies of ours. Some of it is out of our control.
We do the best we can to take care of the things within our control. For everything else, the medical world has given us some amazing diagnostic tools to stay on top of what might be going on inside our bodies. A regular schedule of health screening is also a major component to your health.
These past 2 weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time with a really good friend of mine whose husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had the tumor removed on Tuesday. They don’t have details yet on the treatment plan.
His cancer was discovered through a routine Colonoscopy. He is 52 years old. It is recommended to have your first Colonoscopy at age 50. This was his first exam. His wife has been on his case to get the test for two years. He finally went. Who knows what would have happened if he had gone on time?
I have another friend who is battling breast cancer (well, I have a few, this is just one story). She has a family history of breast cancer and was diligent about performing self exams. She caught her own tumor while doing a self-exam.
I have joined the ranks of those on a regular mammogram schedule. I went for a baseline exam when I was 35 (I have some family history) and now that I’m 40, I go every year. Getting my boobs squished isn’t comfortable, but neither is cancer treatment.
My childhood Rabbi passed away four years ago after a long battle with Colon Cancer. He was an amazing man. He had been my Rabbi since I was in Kindergarten. He performed my Bat Mitzvah (and MMT’s Bar Mitzvah), he married us and he named both of my children. Before his passing, he became a huge advocate for regular colon screening. He is sorely missed and he would chuckle that I think of him every time I urge someone to spend a day in their bathroom and then go get tested.
I did some research into all of the preventative screening test options that are out there. Things like blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer, eye health and diabetes. These are all relatively simple procedures. Each of them can be a source for early detection and could potentially save your life or the life of your loved one.
The Mayo Clinic has a tool on their website where you can put in your gender and your age and it will tell you what kind screening tests you should undergo and when. Check it out here.
What kind of regular screening do you do? To all of my friends (and family – you know who you are) who are over the age of 50, please go get a Colonoscopy. It’s one day of your life. Do it for your family. Take care of yourself.
Get regular check ups, pap smears, dental exams, eye exams. All the regular stuff. Please do everything you can to take care of yourself. Spread the word.
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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, I’m not a medical professional. I’m a person who wants those around me to stay healthy and be around for a long time. Please consult with a medical professional about the information I presented above.