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What is Preventive Care?

When you’re feeling healthy and well, going to the doctor is probably the last thing on your mind. But what many people don’t realize is that annual check-ups and regular screenings are more than just a good idea, they’re a vital part of maintaining your health and wellness.

Understanding Preventive Care

Preventive care is any healthcare service you receive to prevent an illness or disease, or detect it in its earliest stage. Some of the most common types of preventive care include:

  • Annual check-ups
  • Cancer screenings
  • Blood pressure, cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes screenings
  • Pediatric screenings for hearing, vision, developmental delays, obesity, and depression
  • Vaccinations

Why is Preventive Care so Important?

Maintaining Your Health

What would you rather, get over an illness quickly or never get sick in the first place? Odds are, you opted for the former.

There’s a common misconception that people can always tell when they’re sick. While this is true for some illnesses, like the common cold, it’s not true of all ailments. Often, patients don’t realize they’re sick until the’re really sick because the disease has spread to other parts of their body.

When caught early, many diseases are treatable or manageable.

Lower Health Care Costs

Cost is one of the biggest reasons why people skip preventive treatments. But what few people realize is that most preventive care services are covered by insurance. Because insurance companies see the value in preventive care, many offer these services at no cost to you.

Should something be discovered during your annual exam, there’s a good chance it hasn’t spread to other parts of your body yet. And when an illness is easier to treat, it’s typically less expensive.

Preventive Care Through Health and Wellness

In addition to screenings and exams, you have the power to practice preventive care every day by living a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • The World Cancer Research Fund International has estimated that up to one-third of cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the U.S. are related to obesity, physical inactivity, and/or poor nutrition, meaning they could be prevented.
  • More than one-third of all cancers are linked to tobacco use. All cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption can be prevented.
  • Many of the more than 4 million annual skin cancer cases could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.

Preventive Care Services Offered at Bloomfield & Plymouth Urgent Care

At Bloomfield and Plymouth Urgent Medical Care, we offer:

  • Physicals for sports, school, and camp. The main goal of a physical is to make sure your child is healthy enough to play their favorite activity. It can also be used to identify any health issues that may prevent your little one from performing their best.
  • Immunizations and vaccines for all patients, including pediatrics. All too often, the flu is talked about like nothing more than a bad cold, however that’s not the case. The flu is a dangerous virus that can lead to severe illness, hospitalization, and even death (particularly among children and the elderly). By getting a flu shot each year, you can better protect yourself, and those around you, from getting the flu.
  • Routine medical screenings, such as EKGs, x-rays, lab work and blood tests, and pregnancy tests. Your blood can tell a lot about your health, so it’s important to have blood work performed each year, in addition to your annual physical. From shortness of breath to a strange pain in your side, blood work can often shine some light on why you’re feeling this way.
  • Visual skin exams and biopsies. By simply looking at your skin and scheduling regular wellness appointments, you can protect yourself against skin cancer — the most common form of cancer in America.

Find out more about the wellness and prevention care services offered at our Urgent Care Centers by calling (248) 230-2918 for our Bloomfield location or (734) 404-7508 for our Plymouth location.