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Common Health Screenings that May Not Be Needed in the Later Years of Life

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, June 3, 2016

Caring for your health is important, especially as you get older. One of the best ways that you can maintain good health is by talking with a medical professional on a regular basis. Don’t skip your regular checkups, because they are necessary for the later years of your life!

Why Regular Medical Checkups are Important

When you visit a doctor, this conversation will give them the opportunity to assess your individual health and make recommendations that are unique to your situation. Prevention and early detection are essential to help you maintain the best health possible.

Identifying a health concern in the early stages makes it easier to treat the condition before it gets worse. Many medical professionals agree that early detection is beneficial to improve the effectiveness of the treatments that are used.

Tests that May Be Unnecessary

Your doctor might recommend regular tests to identify potential medical conditions that need to be addressed. There are certain types of tests that are important for everyone to use. But, other tests might not be necessary depending on your age. The best thing that you can do is talk with your doctor about the recommendations that are best for your individual situation.

There are two surprising tests that might not be recommended in the later stages of life: prostate screening and mammograms. If it is thought that a person has less than 5 or 10 years left to live, then many doctors will agree that these tests can be harmful, uncomfortable, and an unneeded expense. For example, it is more common for older men to experience higher levels and pain and infection after a prostate test. In certain cases, the side-effects might even shorten a person’s life.

Even though these two tests might not be necessary later in life, there are other tests that might be helpful. Your doctor can help you determine the right solutions for your medical needs. It is important to make sure that you have high-quality insurance coverage to help pay for the medical expenses that are accrued. Contact us to learn more about the best insurance plans during retirement.

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