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Many diseases can be treated and even prevented if you take the right steps at the right time.

This includes checking your body and seeing your doctor often, especially when something doesn’t feel right – including the arrival of lumps, pain or other changes in your health that could indicate a disease or illness.

Here are some tips for preventing medical emergencies and practicing good disease prevention.

1. Know your body

Doctors recommend that you check your body often to keep track of any changes that could be a sign of a disease or illness. This includes checking for lumps in your thyroid gland, breasts and other areas.

If you do notice something concerning, don’t wait to inform your doctor. The sooner you can make an appointment, the better. It’s easier to prevent or treat a disease early than it is to reverse symptoms later on.

2. Don’t jump into surgery

Not all conditions end in surgery. In fact, your doctor will most likely want to see you several times before even discussing surgical options so that they can best understand your health condition.

In some cases, the best thing to do is wait and monitor the lump. Benign tumors, or tumors that don’t spread or cause harm to the patient, should be watched closely to make sure they don’t become malignant, or invasive of surrounding tissue.

3. Watch out for other symptoms

Even if your doctor deems a lump harmless at the moment, you want to also monitor any other changes in your health. These symptoms could include fatigue, pain in specific areas, continuous loss of appetite, changes in bowel habits and sores that don’t heal.

Any of these symptoms should be taken seriously and brought to your doctor’s attention as soon as you notice them. Making an appointment can save your life, and you shouldn’t wait to bring something up to your doctor, even if it seems minimal.

Also keep in mind that it is wise to visit your doctor even when you feel healthy. Seeing your doctor frequently can help prevent illness and disease in the first place.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus, and the newest one in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Information for both facilities can be found at, or call (407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.

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