Most adults don’t know all the screening tests they should be getting and at what age and frequency. Regardless of their presenting concerns, I take a moment to review each patient’s chart before entering the room. I’ll make sure that they’re up-to-date with any screening tests; if they’re overdue, I’ll remind them or write the req.
I’ve put together a poster of screening tests that’s easier to read than the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care website. I’ve invited my colleagues to post copies in their exam rooms to use in their consultations with patients. Download the poster >
This morning, I ran through a summary of these tests on Global TV.
Our Burnaby Division of Family Practice put together a more detailed presentation on screening tests and important symptoms. You’ll find even more practical and unbiased health information on our Empowering Patients section on the Division’s website.
It’s important to remember that screening tests are intended for the average adult with no family history or symptoms of these conditions.
If you have a family history of colon or breast cancer, you may be at increased risk and require these or other tests much earlier and more frequently. This requires a discussion with your physician.
If you feel a lump or feel pain in part of a breast, see a physician immediately. Likewise, if you see blood in your stools.
In the Empowering Patients section of the Division’s website, you’ll find more educational videos, including my series on symptoms that may require a visit to your doctor.
Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician in Burnaby, B.C. He is the lead of the Empowering Patients health literacy program and a board member of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice.