Preventive Health Screenings
Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) than those who don’t have diabetes—about 1 in 3 adults with diabetes may have CKD.
- Many people don’t know they have CKD until the disease is advanced and they need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
- Healthcare professionals can ensure their patients with diabetes are tested for CKD and help them understand how to prevent or delay the disease.
- About 108 million American adults have high blood pressure, but only about 1 in 4 of them have their condition under control.
- High blood pressure costs $55.9 billion each year, which includes the cost of healthcare services, medications, and missed days of work.
- Health departments and healthcare providers can use and share information about controlling high blood pressure with CDC’s new Partner Toolkit, which includes fact sheets, graphics, patient checklists, social media messages, and more.
- Every year, about 140,000 Americans get colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 die from it.
- Cancer prevention programs can help boost screening rates, reduce costspdf icon[PDF-170KB], and improve quality of care in healthcare systems using proven interventionspdf icon[PDF-1.7MB]external icon.
- Through ScreenOutCancer, healthcare and public health leaders can access strategies, tools, and technical assistance to help increase partnerships with state and local cancer programs.
- One in two adults has a chronic disease, but changes in lifestyle and behavior, like being more physically active or quitting smoking, can prevent or control many of these conditions.
- Accurate and timely communication—a critical component of effective public health programsexternal icon—can help people to make heathier choices and change their behavior.
- Health departments can save time and money by using any of more than 900 free or low-cost communication materials from CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center and State and Community Health Media Center.
- Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. It can cause vision loss and even blindness if not detected early.
- The most common form external iconof glaucoma progresses slowly over a long period of time without the person noticing vision loss until the disease is very advanced.
- Public health professionals can work in community-based settings to increase glaucoma detection rates by reaching people at high risk, including African Americans, seniors, and people with diabetes.
- People are living longer and better with diabetes, but that means they can have diabetes-related health complications longer, too.
- Controlling blood sugar levels can help prevent or delay complications, and early detection and treatment of complications can keep them from getting worse.
- Healthcare and public health professionals can support patients by sharing this collection of articles created for people at risk for or living with diabetes.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.