Put Health Screenings on This Year's Schedule

January 26, 2012

USA Today

As your 2012 calendar starts to fill, think about making appointments for health screenings you know family members need this year.

"People get busy, and if they feel well, they go about their business thinking they are healthy," says Glen Stream, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "As a country, we have too much focus on illness treatment rather than on wellness and prevention, which leads to people having problems that could be avoided."

But it's easy to get confused about what screenings you need, and how often to get them, especially when recommendations change or when different medical groups have conflicting guidelines. Your first step: Find a doctor who can help you sort it all out, suggests Stream. "You really need to have a coordinated plan." Read More