It’s no secret that health is a top priority for most people. And, with good reason—health is the foundation of everything we do. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of manufacturing. All sorts of companies rely on their employees to be able to do their jobs effectively and safely. And, without proper health screening, it’s not surprising when accidents happen or injuries occur. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of health screening and how you can help ensure your employees are up to date on their screenings. We’ll also discuss some tips for how to implement such screenings in your company, so you can ensure everyone is safe and healthy.
The Problem With Unhealthy Screening
Screening is an important part of maintaining good health, but there are some concerns about how often it’s done and what the results mean. Screening can identify diseases early when they are easier to treat and may prevent more serious illnesses. But there are also concerns that too much screening may lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
When doctors screen for disease, they look for signs that a person is not feeling well. These could include problems with your sleep, energy levels, digestion, or weight. Doctors may also ask you about your symptoms and how they have been changing over time.
There are different types of screenings that doctors can do. Some tests are used to see if you have cancer or other diseases. Other tests look for problems like heart disease or stroke.
There is some debate about the benefits of screening for many diseases. Some people argue that it’s important to find these diseases early so that they can be treated easily. Others say that too much screening can lead to overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatments. It’s important to talk to your doctor about what kind of screenings you should have and whether they’re likely to help you stay healthy.
The Benefits of Health Screening
The benefits of health screening are clear. By identifying and addressing potential health problems early, people can live longer, healthier lives. Screening can also help identify conditions that may require treatment early on, potentially saving money and time down the line.
Screening for major health issues such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke can save lives. In 2011, cancer accounted for nearly one-third of all deaths in the United States.1 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women combined, and stroke is the third leading cause of death in America.2 A screening test that detects these deadly diseases before they develop can help avoid them altogether or delay their onset by several months or even years.
Screening tests are also important for detecting minor health problems that may lead to more serious illnesses down the line. For example, screenings for diabetes can help prevent heart disease and stroke, which are two of the biggest killers in America.3 Early detection also allows patients to take appropriate steps to manage their conditions and reduces the likelihood of developing chronic diseases later in life.
Screening tests aren’t just about catching deadly diseases; they also detect many common health problems that don’t require treatment but could still be a nuisance or costly inconvenience if left untreated. For example, screenings for cholesterol levels can identify individuals at risk for heart disease and other complications from high cholesterol levels.4 Screenings for gout can identify people who may benefit from treatment with a medication like colchicine, which can reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.5
Health screenings are an important way to maintain good health and protect yourself and your loved ones.
How to screen for health problems
If you are healthy, it’s important to ensure that you stay that way. Regular health screenings can identify problems early and help to prevent them from becoming bigger problems. Here are some tips on how to screen for health problems:
1. Get a baseline check-up. If you have no signs or symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your doctor run a complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry panel just to make sure everything is normal. If there are any concerns, your doctor may refer you to further testing or recommend preventive measures.
2. Screen for early warning signs of disease. If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, see your doctor immediately: unexplained weight loss; persistent cough; persistent fever; shortness of breath; rapid breathing; severe headache; unusual fatigue; breast pain in men or women not getting enough exercise; blurred vision or blindness in one eye.
3. Screen for pre-existing conditions. Ancestral health is an important factor when it comes to preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Checking for these conditions through regular screenings can help catch problems early and put you on the path to better health. You can also get screened for pre-existing conditions at participating community centers or clinics across the country through Healthwise® partner programs such as PreCheck® and Early Detection Program for Diabetes (EDP-D).
4. Screen for cancer screening tests every year unless advised otherwise by your doctor. Some common cancer screening tests include a mammogram, Pap test, and pelvic exam. Check with your doctor to see if you should have other screenings, such as a colorectal cancer screening test, based on your personal risk factors.
What tests should you get?
There are many types of health screenings that you can get. Some people choose to get screenings only once while others may choose to get them on a regular basis. Tests that are typically recommended for adults include:
1) A cholesterol test
2) A blood pressure test
3) A urine test
4) A thyroid function test
5) An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG).
6) A mammogram.
7) A Pap smear.
8) A colonoscopy.
9) An appendectomy.
Health screening isn’t just a luxury. It’s an essential part of maintaining your health and keeping you safe. Although some people might be hesitant to get screened because they think it will cost them money, that’s not always the case. The truth is that many health screenings are free or very low-cost, and oftentimes they can even save you money in the long run. Remember: if it’s something that could impact your health, then it’s important to take the time to get screened for it. Thank you for reading!