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Health checkups and screenings


Almost no one likes going to the doctor. And it may feel like you go to more and more doctor appointments as you age. But whether it's for routine checkups or managing a chronic health problem, you shouldn't skip those visits. Maintaining your health can mean keeping your independence. Scientists continue to find new ways to screen for, treat, and lower your risk of major diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Take charge of your health by getting all the recommended regular screenings.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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