Time for a regular checkup? Here’s what doctors say you should ask about – CBC

Physicians say they’re ‘trying to play catch-up’ after pandemic-related delays

Mar 09, 2022

The pandemic interrupted routines for health, work and family — including regular checkups.

So if you haven’t been to see your family doctor since before March 2020, now may be the time.

“There’s a lot of diseases still going on,” Dr. Peter Lin, a Toronto-based family doctor and a director at the Canadian Heart Research Centre, told CBC podcast The Dose.

“If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, all of those things need some fine-tuning.”

Those who have a chronic illness or new pain should see their health-care provider right away, he said.

And if you’re overdue for an age-related cancer screening test, like a Pap smear, colonoscopy or a mammogram, get in touch with your family doctor.

If you’re unsure whether you need a checkup, several physicians told The Dose about what to consider before making an appointment.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/time-for-a-regular-checkup-here-s-what-doctors-say-you-should-ask-about-1.6379048

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