Health screenings and regular medical checkups are key in preventing early death or even expensive medical treatment. The earlier symptoms are caught, the earlier treatment can begin and, often, the better the long-term outcomes and quality of life. Yes, making appointments is a hassle and showing up for them takes time. They can also be unpleasant. But that doesn't mean you should avoid them. Here are 19 health checkups you should get on the calendar.
Women 21 years and older should make an appointment with their gynecologist for a pelvic exam and pap smear. Depending on your age and the results of your cervical cell screenings, your doctor will recommend you return annually, every other year or every three years.