Many people across Connecticut and the nation put off medical screenings and checkups in recent months. Some delayed or avoided appointments due to health concerns, while others did so because they lacked childcare, among other potential reasons. Yet, delaying medical screenings may have a serious, potentially life-changing impact on your health. So, if you count yourself among those who put off medical screenings, you may want to schedule a visit with your doctor.
Per NPR, there are certain types of medical visits that are particularly important, meaning you would be wise not to put them off. Some of these appointment types are as follows.
When it comes to beating cancer, early detection plays a big role. Early detection helps reduce the chances of cancer spreading to other parts of the body. Many people undergo regular or annual screenings for breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer and other forms of cancer. This may prove especially worthwhile for you if you have a history of cancer in your family.
Follow-up visits for chronic diseases
Certain chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, require regular monitoring and care. Yet, many people with these conditions have put off visiting their doctors for follow-ups. While telemedicine has become more common in recent months, doctors are not able to perform every medical treatment or procedure electronically. Lab tests and vaccinations, for example, may prove essential for you, depending on your condition, and you may only utilize these services during an in-person visit.
Delayed or missed diagnoses may have a serious effect on your condition. In some cases, delayed or missed medical diagnoses may constitute medical malpractice.