Screening & Prevention

You should visit your Axis health care provider twice a year even if you are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

  • Screen for medical issues
  • Assess your risk for future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness

During your exam, your provider may ask you about:

  • Nutition
  • Diet and exercise
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Safety issues, such as using seat belts and smoke detectors

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

  • Have your blood pressure checked every 3 to 5 years. If the top number (systolic number) is between 120 to 139, or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80 to 89 mm Hg, you should have it checked every year.
  • If the top number is greater than 140 or the bottom number is greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often, at least once a year.
  • Watch for blood pressure screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING

  • Recommended starting ages for cholesterol screening are between 20 to 45 for women.
  • Women with normal cholesterol levels do not need to have the test repeated for 5 years.
  • Repeat testing sooner than needed if changes occur in lifestyle (including weight gain and diet).
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be monitored more closely.

DIABETES SCREENING

  • If your blood pressure is above 135/80 mm Hg, your provider will test your blood sugar level for diabetes.
  • If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should be screened. Having a BMI over 25 means that you are overweight. Asian Americans should be screened if their BMI is greater than 23.

DENTAL and EYE EXAMS

  • Axis staff will help you schedule with a partnering dental clinic once or twice every year for an exam and cleaning, and every 2 years with a partnering vision professional.
  • Have an eye exam at least every year if you have diabetes.

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • You should get a flu shot every year.
  • After age 19, you should have one tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TdAP) vaccine as one of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. You should have a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years.
  • You should receive 2 doses of varicella vaccine if you were born after 1980 and never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine.
  • If you were born after 1956 your provider will determine if you should receive at least one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • Your provider may recommend other immunizations if you are at high risk for certain conditions, such as pneumonia.

SKIN SELF-EXAM

  • Your provider may check your skin for signs of skin cancer, especially if you’re at high risk.
  • People at high risk include those who have had skin cancer before, have close relatives with skin cancer, or have a weakened immune system.

OTHER SCREENING

  • Talk with your provider about colon cancer screening if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps, or if you have had inflammatory bowel disease or polyps yourself.
  • Routine bone density screening of women under 40 is not recommended.

PHYSICAL EXAM

  • Your blood pressure should be checked at least every 3 to 5 years.
  • Screening for cervical cancer should begin at age 21.
  • Your height, weight, and BMI should be checked at every exam.

Your Axis provider will recommend screenings based on age, sex, health conditions ,family history, lifestyle, and the results of your clinical exam.