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Health screenings are an important component of health management

ST. IGNATIUS — Health screening tests are very important components of personal health management — medical tests that check for diseases before there are any symptoms. They also help doctors find diseases early, when the diseases may be easier to treat. They are essentially painless ways to look into a crystal ball for a peak at a person’s potential — for better or worse — health future.

The screenings are also age appropriate to keep on top of a person’s physiology that changes over time. What to check when a person is 50 years old is a lot different than what is checked when a person is a child, adolescent, young adult, middle-age and so on including gender.

In today’s world there are numerous opportunities to get health screenings outside the clinical/hospital setting. Health fairs have become a part of the modern health landscape and provide plenty of information about healthy living as well as conduct some on-sight health screenings.

The upcoming Women 4 Wellness Health Fair, scheduled for Thursday, May 15, at Salish Kootenai College is a prime example of such an event where a person can get numerous health screenings at no cost.

Depending on your age and sex, you may need to be screened for:
   • Certain types of cancer
   • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
   • Diabetes
   • Osteoporosis (weak bones)
   • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
   • Hearing loss or vision loss

Most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare, will pay for screening tests recommended by your doctor or nurse.

Also, many screening tests are covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010.

Depending on a person’s insurance plan, they may be able to get screening tests at no cost. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.

For free screenings, including cancer screenings, check out the Women 4 Wellness Health Fair, scheduled for Thursday, May 15, at Salish Kootenai College in the Dr. Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center.

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