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What are effective ways to prevent or detect disease as I age?

Philip Lisagor, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
There are a core set of recommended preventive services that are very effective in preventing disease or detecting disease early. Among these services are screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, and vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal disease.

Despite the effectiveness of these potentially life-saving preventive services, only one-quarter of adults aged 50 to 64 in the United States, and fewer than 40% of adults aged 65 and older, are up to date on these services.

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