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Preventive care can help keep you healthy and save you money. Find out which preventive services you should get.
If you wondering how to stay healthy and help avoid big healthcare bills? One important way is to take advantage of preventive care.
There are many kinds of preventive screenings and tests available under the Affordable Care Act which are included in your coverage, with no co pay or other additional costs
Preventive screenings are really important to your health because they can alert you to conditions and diseases even before you have symptoms.
The earlier you know about a health concern, the better chance doctors have of treating it effectively.
So what are some of the key screenings and tests you should get?
All women over the age of 18 should see their doctor for a yearly well-woman visit. This includes a full checkup, its a perfect time to take stock of your health and talk to your doctors about any concerns.
If you are sexually active, you can get family planning and counseling, including contraception and pre-conceptions information.
You may also get other kinds of services with no copay or other fees under the ACA such as help to stop smoking, obesity counseling, screening for depression, alcohol abuse, high blood pressure, and various immunizations.
If you have strong family history of breast cancer you may be eligible for free genetic testing and preventive medication-check with you doctor.
Your doctor can also tell you if you are at risk for other diseases and conditions, based on family history, genetics, and lifestyle factors
If you are over 50, it's time for a colorectal screening. These screenings are key to preventing colorectal cancer or finding it early when it's more easily treated - and again, there is no copay or other fee if you have private insurance.
Your doctor can also screen for cervical cancer by doing a Pap smear beginning at age 21. Pap smears are done every 3-5 years depending on your age and risk factors.
About half the cervical cancers in the United States occur in women who were never screened for it.
The good news is treatment for cervical cancer is highly successful, if it's detected early.
Follow up testing from all screenings must be covered by your insurance under the ACA, but copays and deductibles may apply.
With so much available to so many people at no additional charges other than your monthly premiums, and with the great benefits that preventive services offer,
be sure to get the ones you need to keep you healthier and able to live a long and fulfilling life.