Dodging Doctors Could Be Deadly
By Lenneice Drew

We are all guilty of avoiding routine doctor visits. Perhaps it's the backless gowns, or maybe its because a complete stranger also known as a physician takes a look into your life and gets to probe you with all sorts of personal questions. Fear is often the root of abandoning the doctors office. The idea that a deadly disease moving through your body will come to light is enough to make anyone avoid the truth.

Whatever the reason, often times, we fail to get check-ups, neglect health screenings, and wait until we absolutely can't bear the pain anymore to surrender ourselves to the doctor. Many believe doctors are just barriers of bad news, but they can also guide you to a healthy lifestyle and help you take the necessary measures to prevent diseases from claiming your life.

Unfortunately, the decision to dodge the doctor hurts us more than we want to believe and it often results in untimely deaths.

The key to staying in control of your health is not avoiding the doctors office and moving through life as though your body will take care of itself. When you really stop to think of it the way to take charge of your health and your life is finding out what's happening inside your body and doing whatever it takes to get your health in good shape.

Dump your Doctor
In order to do this, you must let go of your fears and preconceived notions of physicians and visit the doctor. If you don't feel comfortable at your doctors office,

it is probably time to seek a new medical provider. It might be time for a change when:

If you do not have health insurance, you should start working on it right away.There are a number of companies that offer affordable health insurance. You can shop around for the best health insurance plan and speak with a licensed insurance professional who can select a plan to keep you healthy.

There are a number of steps you can take with the help of a doctor to help prevent deadly diseases and other health concerns including making sure you participate in periodic screenings for specific problems.

Screening is checking your body for health concerns such as cancer even before you experience symptoms. Getting screening test regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Cancer Prevention
Cancer is killing thousands of people in Florida, and it remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. However, the number of new cancer cases can be reduced, and many cancer deaths can be prevented.

Cancer risk can be reduced by adopting a healthy lifestyle, avoiding tobacco use, getting the (HPV) vaccine, increasing physical activity, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, improving nutrition, and protecting your skin from the sun.

Visiting with doctors allows them an opportunity to run necessary tests and let you know what your body is lacking.

Health care professionals have made extraordinary progress during the past two decades in developing and using cancer prevention strategies, early detection interventions, and cancer treatments to help people.

Stroke Prevention
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Among survivors, stroke can cause significant disability including paralysis as well as speech and emotional problems.
New treatments are available that can reduce the damage caused by a stroke for some victims. But these treatments need to be given soon after the symptoms start.

There are steps you can take to lower their risk for stroke, whether they have had a stroke or not. Things you can do to lower the risk of stroke include steps to prevent and control high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.

Taking Charge of Your Health
Seeing your doctor regularly and screening for common diseases can give you peace of mind that you're healthy, or worst-case scenario, that you will have the best odds of beating whatever medical condition you do have.

When you visit with physicians they have an opportunity to take a look at your health and help you if a problem exists before it spirals out of control.

Remember this is YOUR health we are talking about. Take control of your medical care today.

Lenneice A. Drew is an experienced journalist currently focused on healthcare reform. She is working to help others achieve better lives by finding affordable health insurance alternatives and reporting stories related to the healthcare industry. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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