Flu shots, as well as vaccinations for diseases like tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio (and boosters), are common preventive care measures for a wide range of patients.
Mammograms and Pap Tests
These cancer screening tests are specific to women’s preventive care, and are used to check for the early stages of breast cancer and cervical cancer.
A colonoscopy is used to check for the early stages of colorectal cancer and is one of the easiest ways to prevent colon cancer. Regular screening typically begins at age 45.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Checking blood pressure is a regular part of every doctor visit, so most of us don’t think of it as preventive care. However, high blood pressure, especially when combined with other risk factors like smoking or high cholesterol, can put someone at high risk of heart disease or other forms of cardiovascular disease. As of 2019, half of American adults have some form of heart disease.
Counseling is an important aspect of preventative care in relation to mental health concerns (for both adolescent and adult patients alike): depression, smoking cessation, healthy eating habits, addiction and more.