Safe and Healthy Me - Screening
Know Your Health Risks
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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:
Take charge of your health.
Take charge of your life.
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.
Breast & Cervical Cancers
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.
- Diabetes screening recommendations: From age 20 thru age 44, every 3 years if you have high blood pressure, are overweight, are Hispanic/Latino, are not white, had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth and/or if you have a family member with diabetes. Starting at age 45, every 3 years, but more often if you have risk factors. For more information see screening recommendations.
- Blood Glucose (also known as blood sugar) test
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.
- Blood Pressure screening recommendations: Starting at age 20, every 2 years if your blood pressure is lower than 120/80. At least yearly if it is 120/80 or higher. For more information, see screening recommendations.
- Blood pressure test
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: