Adulting can be hard, but when it comes to long term health it’s best for anyone to be proactive. With millennials now in the 22-37 age range getting these health screenings have become more important than ever.
In the past, getting screened for colonoscopies are usually reserved for patients in their 40s and 50s, but there has been a rise of colorectal cancer in younger people.
“Unfortunately, when a younger person has those symptoms, even their doctor or health care provider may fail to think of colorectal cancer because it’s not something that we’re accustomed to seeing so often in a younger population,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton told ‘Good Morning America.’ “But it is something that people should be aware of.”
Mental health screening:
As more people begin to become outspoken about their mental health issues, the more medical experts also call for health screenings. More than 40 million Americans 18 and older are dealing with some form of depression or anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
If you find yourself experiencing mental health or anxiety issues, Dr. Ashton advises that you should speak with your primary care providers who are often trained to help with mental health issues.
“Mental health, I think this is probably the most important issue to screen for in really every age group,” Ashton said. “It’s hard to have a healthy body if you’re having issues with your mind.”
Watch the video above to find out what other screenings are important for millennials.