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Know Your Health Risks

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Chronic diseases have similar risk factors: 

  • being inactive
  • being overweight or obese
  • using tobacco

Your health care provider should check your weight and ask about your physical activity and tobacco use at every visit.

These Safe & Healthy Me web pages have information on these topics:

Screening PSAs and Media:

  • TV/Video PSAs

Get Screened.
Take charge of your health.
Take charge of your life.

Your health care provider should check on your health status for the following chronic diseases:


Risk factors – About half of cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices, such as not using tobacco products (smoking, chew), being physically active and eating well.

Cancer is a very common disease. One in two men will have a cancer diagnosis during his lifetime. One in three women will have a cancer diagnosis during her lifetime.

Only 5% of cancers are due to family history.

Tests – Screenings are available and recommended for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

Breast & Cervical Cancers

Colorectal Cancer

More information



Risk factors – Risk factors for diabetes include having a family member (parent, sibling) with diabetes; being inactive; being overweight or obese; being 45 years of age or older; being a woman who had a baby with a birth weight of 9 pounds or greater; and being non-white.

Electronic tools for diabetes risk assessment follow:

Having diabetes increases your risk for heart disease, vision problems including blindness, kidney disease, vascular and/or nerve problems, amputation, some cancers, and premature death.


  • Diabetes screening recommendations: From age 20 thru age 44, every 3 years if you have high blood pressure, are overweight, are Hispanic/Latino, are not white, had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth and/or if you have a family member with diabetes.  Starting at age 45, every 3 years, but more often if you have risk factors.  For more information see screening recommendations.
  • Blood Glucose (also known as blood sugar) test

More information


Heart Disease and Stroke

Risk Factors – Being inactive, being overweight or obese, using tobacco, having an unhealthy diet, and having stress increase your risk for having high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Having high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure increase your risk for diabetes, kidney disease, heart attack, stroke and premature death.


Blood pressure

  • Blood Pressure screening recommendations: Starting at age 20, every 2 years if your blood pressure is lower than 120/80.  At least yearly if it is 120/80 or higher. For more information, see screening recommendations.
  • Blood pressure test

Blood cholesterol


If you have health coverage, these tests will likely be paid for through insurance. You can get them at the following locations:
  • Your health care provider’s office
  • Alaska Health Fair
  • A health fair organized by your employer
Here’s a sheet to help you understand your health information: