The best way to treat illness is to prevent it entirely. We work with our patients to not only get them healthy but also to keep them healthy. We make sure our patients are following medical guidelines for prevention. Some important preventive medicine guidelines are listed below with websites detailing the medical evidence to support the recommendation. If you find you are not up to date on any of these recommendations come see us so we can help protect you from future illness.
We value the importance of an annual physical exam for patients of all ages. Did you know that most insurance cover your annual physical with no out of pocket co-pay? During your annual exam you will meet with you primary care doctor and they will provide a full body examination and diagnostic tests which evaluate your health from head to toe. The results of your exam will be presented to you and can be discussed with your doctor to address any questions or concerns you may have.
General Preventive Screenings For All Ages
Screening for Cervical Cancer / Pap Smear
Women over the age of 21 should receive pap smear. See this link for further recommendations.
Screening for Colon Cancer / Colonoscopy
All adults should undergo colon cancer screening beginning at age 50 or earlier, depending upon their risk of developing colorectal cancer. If results are normal repeat should be done every 10 years. If abnormal findings, such as polyp, are found repeat will be done in shorter period such as every 2 to 5 years depending on findings.
Screening for Prostate Cancer /Prostate Exam/ PSA Blood Test
Screening for Cholesterol
All men age 35 and older and women age 45 and older should be screened for cholesterol. Younger adults with multiple risk factors should be screened. Risk factors include diabetes, history of heart disease, tobacco use, hypertension, obesity (BMI over 30) and family history of heart disease in male relatives age 50 or younger and female relatives age 60 or younger.
Screening for Diabetes
Screening for diabetes varies based on age and risk factors. Please read the below websites to see what applies to you and your loved ones.
Screening For High Blood Pressure
Adults 18 and older should get a blood pressure screen annually if elevated and every other year if normal.
Recommendations for the flu shot:
All people over the age of 6 months of age should get a flu shot every year
Recommendations for adult shots:
Adults should remember to get a tetanus shot every 10 years.
Recommendations for childhood shots
It is important to your child’s health to stay up to date on all shots. See the below website to assure your child is up to date or bring a shot record in during a physical exam and let our providers help you.
Women aged 40–49 years should have mammography done every 1–2 years. Women aged 50 years and older should have it done every year. If you have certain risk factors, you may have the test at a younger age.