Plan for Prevention
If you want to take control of your health, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
Learn about preventive care and the steps you and your family can take to stay healthy, prevent disease, and live well.
These simple, but important, actions can help you live a longer and healthier life:
• develop and maintain healthy lifestyle habits
• get screening tests for early detection of disease
• stay up-to-date with immunizations
There’s no better time than now.
Intimate Partner Violence Awareness
October is Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month. Intimate partner violence is abuse that occurs between current or past intimate partners or spouses and is a common occurrence in the United States. As many as one in four women and one in nine men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. IPV is a leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.
Facts About Abuse
With domestic violence, the abuse:
- Is not always physical.
- Usually becomes a repeating pattern.
- Does not get better on its own.
- Often gets worse over time.
- May involve more than one type of abuse occurring at the same time.
Here at Kaiser Permanente we believe that everyone deserves to be in a safe relationship. If you think that you are a perpetrator or a victim, there is help. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Stand- For Families Free of Violence at 1-888-215-5555.
For more information, please visit:
- Kaiser Permanente: Domestic Violence
- Kaiser Permanente: Signs of Domestic Violence
- CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence Member Programs
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in the United States and affects one in eight adult females. Early detection is often the key to successfully diagnosing and treating breast cancer. There are three ways of screening for breast cancer. They work best when used together:
- Breast self-examination: Checking your own breasts for lumps or changes to the tissue
- Clinical breast examination: Breast examination by your doctor or nurse practitioner
- Mammography: X-ray of the breast
Some factors associated with breast cancer – being a woman, your age and your genetics – cannot be changed, but there are other factors that can be changed that may lower your risk for developing breast cancer.
- Exercise regularly (150 minutes per week)
- Don’t use tobacco
- Limit alcohol to less than 1 drink per day
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
Breast cancer is most treatable when it’s found early. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Regular screening can often find breast cancer early when treatments are more likely to be successful.
Thinking About Quitting Tobacco?
Quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones. Did you know within one year of quitting tobacco, some health benefits include:
- Risk of heart attack decreases
- Lung function improves
- Breathing improves
- Sense of smell and taste improves
- Energy level increases
Now is a good time to quit. By quitting, even for one day, you are taking a very important step towards a healthier life.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping you become tobacco-free. We offer a variety of resources to both support and help you quit tobacco successfully. We have classes, a personal Wellness Coach, an online cessation program called “Breathe®”, and an online video about tobacco medications. In addition, there are community resources, such as the California Smokers’ Helpline and American Cancer Society, to support you through the quit process. Participating in a smoking cessation program or using tobacco medications doubles your chances of success.
For information about Kaiser Permanente’s resources, visit:
- Quitting Tobacco or call the Health Education Center at 1-866-248-0721
For community resources, visit:
- California Smokers’ Helpline or call 1-800-662-8887
For help quitting chewing tobacco call 1-800-844-2439
Screenings and Immunizations
Prevention Guidelines for Adults
Screening tests are an important part of preventive care. They are simple tests for the early detection of a disease or condition before you have any symptoms. The following screening tests are recommended for adults 18 years and older.
These recommendations are for generally healthy people and are for information only. If you have ongoing health problems, special health needs or risks, or if certain conditions run in your family, talk with your physician. He or she may recommend additional screening tests.
Types of Screening Tests and When They’re Recommended
Mammograms are recommended for women age 40 to 74 every 1 to 2 years. Women 75 and older, should discuss the need for mammography with their doctor.
For women, have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21 or earlier if sexually active. Beginning at age 25, have a Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 3 years up to age 65.
Starting at age 40, cholesterol should be checked every 5 years, more often if its level is higher than normal.
Starting at age 50, have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) once a year and/or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years. If you are older than age 75, talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening.
For adults older than 45 years of age, get tested every 5 years.
HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Get tested for HIV and other STDs if you have had unprotected sex, are pregnant, or have any other reasons to think you may be at risk. Have a yearly chlamydia test if you’re sexually active and between ages 14 and 25.
Have your blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years.
Talk to your physician about having a bone mineral density (BMD) test at age 65.
Overweight and obesity
Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated every 1 to 2 years.
During pregnancy, your medical team may recommend a variety of screening tests to make sure you are healthy and that your baby is developing properly. Take all the tests recommended by your medical team. Learn more about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and caring for your newborn.
Men age 40 and older, discuss the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and rectal exam with your physician.
The following options will help you find out which preventive health services you might be due for.
- At your next appointment, check the bottom of your registration slip.
- Stop by Health Education to have a staff member look them up for you.
- Go online to kp.org/prevention for more information.