April 16, 2018

Screening Tests That Start in This Decade

The recommendation for when to begin regular mammograms varies and is often dependent on family history, but the doctors note that many women start at age 40.
“While this topic often comes with much controversy, it is an individual choice as to whether women want to begin screening mammograms at the age of 40 versus 50,” says Ahn. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, so earlier screening allows us to capture some of these breast cancers at earlier stages, and therefore, hopefully leads to better outcomes with less toxic treatment.”
Ahn adds, “Discuss with your physician whether you might be a candidate for a screening breast MRI, which is often considered for women with dense breasts. Some states actually have laws mandating that patients be informed of this option if their mammograms document dense breasts.”
Healthy Living Tips
Eat well.
“Keep eating healthfully and think about really cutting down on refined grains, sugar, alcohol and processed foods,” says Mendoza Temple. “The body is more sensitive to excess calories and toxins during this potentially chaotic time for women. For men, my advice is the same, as the pressure of aging can start or already have shown up.” Mendoza Temple is such a believer in juicing as a way to access healthy foods fast that she co-owns Mingle Juice Bar in Glenview as a secondary business.
Mendoza Temple also recommends aiming for eating clean 80 percent of the time. “Enjoy all things in moderation, cliché as that may be,” advises Mendoza Temple. She adds that people should push themselves to make progress, but still be realistic. “You will fail if you seek perfection,” she says.
Prioritize sleep.
Keeping a regular sleep schedule is also key to good health, and while it’s a wise approach at all ages, Mendoza Temple stresses the importance of sleep for individuals in their fifties.
Build a relationship with your doctor.
“In my opinion, a physician with a personal passion and experience (both personally and professionally) in integrative medicine/health is critical,” says Ahn. “However, the most important physician in your life will always still end up being you. So look for a physician who understands the tremendous value of educating their patients and empowering them to be effective stewards of their own health.”
Screening Tests That Start in This Decade
Colorectal cancer screening
For both men and women, the USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high- sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. Colonoscopy is the most common test.
Prostate cancer screening
It’s also time for men to discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctors. “The guidelines have changed and it’s about looking at the individual and weighing the risks versus the benefits of screening for each person,” explains Ecker, noting that the conversation should start with your primary care doctor.
Lung cancer screening
The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screenings beginning at age 55. “Most commonly, low-dose CT scans are the preferred method of screening for lung cancer,” says Ahn. “While most people feel that screening is not necessary if they are not showing any symptoms, note that most early lung cancers are asymptomatic, which is why screening is so important.”
Healthy Living Tips
Focus on comprehensive healthy living.
All of the above still applies, and the physicians all stressed the importance of working toward good health at all ages, including in one’s sixties. “While the benefits may be greater if you have an active and healthy lifestyle beginning at a younger age, it is never too late to implement healthy living techniques,” stresses Ahn. He notes that doing so includes eating a diet of lots of fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins like chicken and fish, and suggests avoiding empty calories and foods with little-to-no nutritional value such as sodas and processed foods.
Screening Tests That Start in This Decade
Vitamin D25 levels
“Although not listed in the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, I recommend that all healthy individuals have their vitamin D25 levels checked,” says Ahn. “Fifty percent of people in the United States are vitamin D deficient, and 75 percent of people in the Midwest are deficient.”
Bone density testing
The risk of bone fracture and osteoporosis escalates as women age, which is why the
National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that bone density testing begins for women at age 65. Eckert notes that women who have an individual history or family history of fractures should start bone density tests at an earlier age.
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