By no means postpone medical appointments



Movemember (November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month) taught us nothing? All men over 50 should see a proctologist for prostate cancer screening every 10 years. However, this is only if your risk of colon-related diseases is low.

If your risk factor is high, your doctor may want more frequent screenings, including annual appointments for fecal occult blood tests and appointments every 5 years for double-contrast barium enemas ( colon X-rays).


If you have a skin tag or want an exfoliating anti-wrinkle treatment, you can schedule an appointment with your dermatologist at your leisure. However, an appointment for a dubious mole should not be postponed. Although most typical moles will never turn into skin cancer, people with more than 50 common moles have a higher risk of developing melanoma (a type of skin cancer). according to the National Cancer Institute.

If a mole changes shape, size, color, texture, height, or becomes irregular, scaly, lumpy, itchy, or bloody/sweaty, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist immediately or get a referral from your doctor. Family doctor.


If you’re lucky enough to have good medical benefits at work (including dental), a cleaning and check-up every six months may be in the financial cards. However, if you don’t, you might be inclined to put off annual cleanings and x-rays.

The Canadian Dental Association warns smokers, people with poor diets and pregnant women to refrain from skipping annual exams. Especially pregnant women, 22% of whom are prone to periodontal gum disease. Studies from the University of Alabama’s Birmingham School of Dentistry have found that annual dental cleanings and disease screenings can prevent premature births, as well as an increased risk of cerebral palsy and vision problems in infants. newborns.

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