Many people avoid going to the doctor. In today’s world, it is easy to not find the time, money, or energy to put yourself and your healthcare at the top of the list. In fact, even those of us who are doctors put it off from time to time, as it is quite natural to have hesitancy and anxiety around your health. Being seen, analyzed, touched, or tested (even in a clinical way) can be stress-inducing. While it may be a relief to ignore your health in the short-term, we all know that putting off healthcare can have serious consequences. Many issues that can be easily treated if caught early can turn into much bigger and more dangerous ailments if left undetected.
February is National Cancer Prevention month. Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, at least 42% of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US (approximately 797,000 people in 2021) are potentially avoidable? Annual cancer screenings, knowing your family history and risk factors, paying attention to good nutrition, and having regular physical activity are all important in cancer prevention.