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Health Screening

Good health is the most important thing in life. To maintain good health consider getting monitored for common health conditions. Most of this is done when you get a Physical. Always tell your doctor about your family history of medical problems since this will change the screening protocol.

Blood pressure: You should have blood pressure checked every two years if it is normal (under 120/80) according of American Heart Association. You need to check it yearly or more if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or family history.

Blood sugar (diabetes):
 American Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes every three years if you have no risk factors. If you have high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, or have family history of diabetes; you should get tested every year.

Cholesterol: Get your cholesterol tested every five years. You will need to get cholesterol checked every one to two years if you are male over age 45; female over age 50; or have risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, or family history.

Breast cancer:
The American Cancer Society recommends having an annual mammogram starting at age of 40. Doctor’s examination and self-examination are also important.

Cervical cancer:
You should have Pap test done every 3 years if you are age 21 to 65 and have had three consecutive normal tests. You need yearly test or more if you have been diagnosed with precancerous lesion or have history of cervical cancer.

Colorectal cancer:
A yearly fecal occult blood test is recommended for every one between ages of 50-75. Sigmoidoscopy should be done every 5 years and colonoscopy should be done every 10 years in this age group. Virtual colonoscopy can be done every 5 years.  More frequent tests are needed if abnormal polyps are noted or if you have high risk factors such as family history of colon cancer.

Osteoporosis:
Bone density tests are done every two years for women age 65 or older, any woman who is at high risk of fracture due to history of smoking, or family history.

Prostate cancer:
  A routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is no longer recommended for men.  Prostate examination is done for man over the age of 40. Before doing a screening PSA test, men should know benefits and consequences of having the test.

Resources:

http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstopics.htm
http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/FindCancerEarly/CancerScreeningGuidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer

This information is supplied by White Plains Walk In Medical Care
10 Chester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
914-448-1000

Note: All information on our website is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

 

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