Just because you don’t feel sick now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive with your health. Taking the proper measures to ensure a healthy lifestyle can make your 20’s (and beyond) much more enjoyable! Though you may feel bulletproof before age 30, it’s time to start thinking about your long term health and scheduling tests to ensure that you don’t have any underlying conditions. Essential tests to consider at this stage in life include testing your blood pressure, conducting a STD panel, checking your cholesterol numbers, and others that vary depending on your gender. Take action now, your 30’s will thank you!
1. Cholesterol Panel / Blood Pressure
Elevated cholesterol levels add to your risk for heart disease and stroke. Monitoring your health early-on can decrease the possibility of inheriting dangerous health effects and help you stay on track for a healthy heart! Everyone should know their cholesterol score and should be tested every four to six years. Getting your cholesterol score is quick and easy – schedule your test here! High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) left unchecked may lead to disability, a significantly reduced quality of life, or even a fatal heart attack. Your blood pressure should be checked at least once every five years. Getting your blood pressure tested is one of the easiest tests you could ever schedule, you can do so here!
2. STD Panel
Your 20’s are an exciting time filled with self discovery and transitioning into a full-fledged adult. Even though most people don’t want to openly talk about being sexually active, it’s a conversation that needs to be had. Sexually transmitted diseases can affect your life in a major way and you can absolutely be a carrier without knowing , it. For example, Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease, affecting roughly 80 million Americans. HPV can be transmitted without the infected party ever having shown symptoms of the disease. Once infected, symptoms can take years to manifest making this condition so difficult to prevent. If you don’t know you have it, you don’t know you’re spreading it! By getting tested, you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re protecting any future partners you may have. Testing is quick and easy, schedule yours here!
Mammograms are incredibly important when it comes to detecting breast cancer. Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer, and it’s estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. When dealing with a condition that can affect your life to such a degree, early detection is vital. Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer – they should be conducted regularly and more often if you have been previously diagnosed with any form of cancer or have a family history of breast cancer. The test itself is simple enough and doesn’t take long – schedule your test today, it could save your life!
4. Testicle / Scrotum Sonogram
A testicular exam may not be the first test you think of scheduling in your 20’s but it’s an important test! If testicular cancer is detected during the first stage (before the cancer has spread beyond the testes) the survival rate is 99%. This shows just how key early detection is. This test should be done more regularly if you have a family history of testicular cancer, if you’ve had some form of trauma to the area, or if you have an undescended testicle. The test itself is quick and painless – schedule yours today!
Age isn’t something we have control over, but we can be proactive with how we treat our bodies! When considering different testing options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or confused when booking. That’s where LabFinder comes in – we’re make it easy for you to schedule whatever test you need. Our service is free to use and we make sure your insurance will cover the exam before it takes place – no surprise bills! LabFinder stores your results in a secure online portal, they’ll be available to you at the exact same time as the doctor. Sign up for an account with LabFinder and get started toward a healthier future!