No more excuses. It's time for that wellness checkup. – Providence

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Over the past couple of years, many of us weren’t seeing the doctor regularly due to employment issues, home schooling, financial hardships and even the fear of catching COVID-19 in the very place it was being diagnosed and treated. 
A report last year from the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) backed this up. Researchers found that 41% of people surveyed skipped medical care in the early months of 2020. Here are their reasons why:
Respondents reported skipping care for just about everything from annual wellness exams to treatment for new, serious conditions, including:
Now, as cases continue to drop and restrictions ease, it’s more important than ever to get back on track with your health and wellness.
Doctors have long touted the benefits of regular wellness exams: You can learn about what diseases you may be at risk for and take steps to reduce that risk. You can start treatment in the early stages of a condition (like high blood pressure) before it leads to serious consequences (like stroke or heart attack).
These benefits aren’t just a sales pitch from your doctor’s office — research backs it up. One study looked at access to preventive care services under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and found promising results. Most notably, more people than ever before were eligible for (and took advantage of) colon cancer screenings, vaccinations, contraceptive counseling and chronic disease screening.
At the end of the day, early diagnosis of disease and conditions lead to better outcomes, lower costs, and fewer missed workdays because of illness.
Ready to prioritize your good health? Here are a few well visits to move to the top of your list.
It can be overwhelming to think of all the things we missed out on over the past few years of the pandemic. Instead of staring at a laundry list of to-do items, prioritize what’s most important to your well-being and healthy lifestyle. And if you’re not sure where to start, here are a few things to consider putting at the top of your list.
One of the most important doctor’s appointments you can make is your annual wellness exam. Yes, it’s an appointment to make (and keep) even when you’re feeling good. That’s because your annual physical gives you the opportunity to check in with your doctor. You can discuss any new or concerning symptoms and stay up to date on any necessary health screenings based on your age and risk factors.
Most importantly, your well check doesn’t just cover your physical health. Your doctor will check in on your whole health – including your mental, physical and emotional health. You may talk about a wide range of subjects, including:
Bottom line? A 30-minute appointment can go a long way in improving your wellness (and your well being).
Today, people are living longer than ever with a cancer diagnosis. A lot of that comes down to effective screening and diagnostic tests. That’s because the sooner cancer is diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment – and the better your outcome.
It’s not surprising that routine cancer screenings took a hit during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. One study proved that reality. During 2020:
Get back on track with these critical cancer screenings:
Read more about cancer screenings to keep yourself healthy and well.
As we continue to live with COVID-19, providers and health care systems work to make care even easier and more accessible.
At the end of the day, we’re here to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Whether you need your doctor in person or online, we’re here for you.

The healthcare professionals at Providence can help you keep up to date on your wellness exams and routine screenings. If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory. Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can also access a full range of healthcare services.
We’re with you, wherever you are. Make Providence’s app your personalized connection to your health. Schedule appointments, conduct virtual visits, message your doctor, view your health records, and more. Learn more and download the app. 
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional’s instructions.
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