Find a PCP You Like if You Don’t Have One

This week’s Link is dedicated to young people because of new research findings revealing that episodes of colon cancer are rising in young adults. This finding is concerning and the cause is not understood yet. And people of all ages should learn about recognizing the signs and symptoms of colon cancer before it spreads. It’s a scary topic, but an important one for everybody.

For me, the most important tip from the article is that everyone (especially millennials) should have an ongoing relationship with a Primary Care Physician who can get to know them over time. This relationship can usually help people recognize cancer sooner than those going to ambulatory care centers or who see different physicians each visit.

So, if you don’t have a regular physician, your take away coaching goal is to find one! You can find one from your insurance network or better yet through a referral from a physician or friend.  A physician can look at your insurance network’s list of area physicians and can sometimes recognize someone they recommend for you to see.

Joe

Article: What Young People Need to Know About Colon Cancer by Roni Caryn Rabin. NYTimes, 3/16/17

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