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Seniors Not Getting Preventive Health Services

admin - March 17, 2011

A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services says that Americans aged 65 and older are not getting the necessary preventive services they need to stay well.

These preventive services include vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia, and screenings for breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis.

Calling these services “woefully underutilized,” study author Lynda Anderson, Director of the Health Aging Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calls for seniors to start taking care of their health by acting preventively.

It is a mainstay of common medical wisdom to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Getting screenings is important because the tests can identify issues before they have progressed too far.  Health issues are always easier to deal with when they are in the early stages.  There are often more treatment options and those options are easier and cheaper.

Many services are covered through Medicare. Make sure you talk to your doctor about what is available and appropriate for you. 

For those screenings that aren’t available through Medicare, Life Line Screening is available throughout the country.  All of our screenings are conducted to the highest standards, at one time, conveniently in your community.  Search for screenings near you today.


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