Cincinnati Enquirer: Don't delay health care in 2022

UC experts discuss importance of preventive care and screenings

When making resolutions for 2022, University of Cincinnati experts say keeping up to date with routine health screenings should be a priority.

Mary Mahoney Radiology in White Coat

Mary Mahoney, MD. Photo/University of Cincinnati.

Mary Mahoney, MD, and Louito Edje, MD, spoke with with the Cincinnati Enquirer about the importance of screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, since delaying care can lead to delayed treatments and a rise in ailments including cancer, heart disease, mental illness and diabetes.

Mahoney, professor and Benjamin Felson Endowed Chair in the Department of Radiology in UC's College of Medicine and Chief of Imaging Services at UC Health, said the number of patients coming in for mammograms is still low compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“If somebody wants to make a new year’s resolution about getting back into their health care maintenance, that would be a good idea,” Mahoney told the Enquirer.

Lou Edje, MD, MHPE, Graduate Medical Education

Louito Edje, MD

Edje, associate dean of graduate medical education, designated institutional official and a UC Health family physician, said preventive care can sometimes be a luxury for residents who have been hit hard economically throughout the pandemic. She noted that health care providers can use the new year as an opportunity to resolve to lower barriers to care.

“If a patient is coming in for something like their allergies are bad, recognize it as an opportunity to talk about prevention as well,” Edje told the Enquirer. “Tell them, ‘while you’re here, let’s set you up to get your mammogram, and let’s talk about your colonoscopy.’ Re-engage them.”

Read the Enquirer story.

Featured photo at top of a 3D mammogram machine. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand