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Preventative Care

Missouri Highlands practitioners also help men and women, kids and adults feel better and avoid serious illness.

Ask your provider about vaccinations, health screenings, nutritional counseling, education, and other preventive tools that can guide you and your family to a healthy, happy future.

Preventative Measures

Stay up to date on Cancer Screenings

Testing regularly may find colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Breast cancer screenings check a women’s breast for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. It is recommended to speak with your healthcare provider about your testing options and when you should test. You can also do your own examination at home by being familiar with how your breasts look and feel. You can help notice symptoms such as lumps, pain, or changes in size of concern. When you notice these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

Cervical cancer screenings such as the HPV test and Pap can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early. Both can be done in a clinic (link to OB/GYN location page). The HPV tests for the virus that causes cell change on the cervix. The Pap test for precancers and cell changes on the cervix that might become cancer, if not treated. It is recommended to be tested at age 21 and older. Ask your healthcare provider about what testing option is best for you.

Worried about the cost? See if you qualify for our Show Me Health Women Program.

Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for people aged 45 and older. Some need to test earlier if they have: Inflammatory bowel disease, a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, and/or FAP or Lynch syndrome. Colorectal cancer screenings can find precancerous polyps before they turn into cancer. Treatment works best when cancer is found early. You can be screened in the clinic or ask about an at-home screening kit, to do it in the comfort of your own home. Speak with your healthcare provider about your screening options and when you should be screened.

Get Vaccinated

Ask your health care provider about routine vaccinations.
COVID-19 Vaccination can help reduce your risk of sever illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. To learn more about COVID-19 and to talk with someone about your options or answer questions, speak with our Vaccination Community Health Worker (link this to COVID vaccination education page)

Flu Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year. Reduce your risk from seasonal flu by asking your health care provider about the flu vaccine at your next appointment.