Safe and Healthy Me - Screening
Know Your Health Risks
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Take charge of your health.
Take charge of your life.
Chronic diseases have similar risk factors:
- being inactive
- being overweight or obese
- using tobacco
Your health care provider should check your weight and ask about your physical activity and tobacco use
at every visit.
These Safe & Healthy Me
web pages have information on these topics:
Screening PSAs and Media:
Your health care provider should check on your health status for the following chronic diseases:
Risk factors – About half of cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices, such as not using tobacco products (smoking, chew), being physically active and eating well.
Cancer is a very common disease. One in two men will have a cancer diagnosis during his lifetime. One in three women will have a cancer diagnosis during her lifetime.
Only 5% of cancers are due to family history.
Tests – Screenings are available and recommended for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.
Risk factors – Risk factors for diabetes include having a family member (parent, sibling) with diabetes; being inactive; being overweight or obese; being 45 years of age or older; being a woman who had a baby with a birth weight of 9 pounds or greater; and being non-white.
Electronic tools for diabetes risk assessment follow:
Having diabetes increases your risk for heart disease, vision problems including blindness, kidney disease, vascular and/or nerve problems, amputation, some cancers, and premature death.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Risk Factors – Being inactive, being overweight or obese, using tobacco, having an unhealthy diet, and having stress increase your risk for having high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Having high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure increase your risk for diabetes, kidney disease, heart attack, stroke and premature death.
If you have health coverage, these tests will likely be paid for through insurance. You can get them at the following locations:
- Your health care provider’s office
- Alaska Health Fair
- A health fair organized by your employer
Here’s a sheet to help you understand your health information: