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Preventive care cues

Avoid illnesses or identify diseases before they're serious

One of the most important things you can do for your well-being is to visit your primary care physician for an annual check-up. Preventive services, such as your annual physical, are intended to help you avoid illnesses or identify diseases.

Did you know?

"Chronic diseases – cancer, heart disease and diabetes – are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. They are the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems," according to the CDC.

To help schedule your family's preventive care, your health plan should offer a list of eligible preventive services. If you're a GuideStone Insurance participant, you can download the Preventive Care Schedule. Eligible in-network preventive care is covered at 100%.

Care for children

Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect your children from diseases. Children younger than two have the highest risk for catching pneumonia and meningitis without the proper vaccines, according to the CDC. Plus, "every dollar spent on childhood immunizations saves $5.30 on direct healthcare costs and $16.50 on total societal costs of disease," according to the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Download the CDC's recommended immunizations for children from birth to six years old, and from seven to 18 years old.

Care for women

The most commonly diagnosed disease for women is breast cancer. Screening could mean saving lives. "Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, before it can be felt, and is easier to treat," according to the CDC.

Care for men

The most common cancer for men is prostate cancer. "One in six will be affected by it. A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer," according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Early detection is key. Prostate cancer screening is controversial, but worth exploring.

To view a comprehensive list of recommended preventive services for all adults, visit HHS' "Learn about prevention" website.