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Monday, September 04, 2006

How to Become a Responsible Health Care Consumer - First, Know Yourself!

The first step in becoming a responsible health consumer is to know your own body. Begin by taking the time to fill in the following information. Your text demonstrates many of these but a few will require you to talk to your own health care provider or review your own medical records. Remember, this information can be useful in an emergency!


Height:
Weight:
Age:
Cholesterol Level:
Blood Pressure:
Blood Type:
Known Allergies:

Self Assessment [you do not have to tell me but do yourself a favor and be sure to familiarize yourself with these].

Women:
Do you regularly perform self breast examinations?
Do you have an annual pap examination?

What do each of these test for? What is the risk of acquiring/developing one of these conditions?

Men:
Do you regularly perform self testicular examinations?
Do you have a regular prostate or PSA examination/test performed?

What do each of these test for? What is the risk of acquiring/developing one of these conditions?

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