Preventative Medicine

Prevention is the cornerstone to overall good health. Living a healthy lifestyle with regular visits to your doctor helps fight chronic disease, saves lives and lowers the cost of health care. Chronic disease care accounts for 75% of the cost of health care. But prevention, early diagnosis and better disease management can save lives and lower the overall cost. Remember, to catch problems early, it is important to regularly see your personal physician for a check-up, even if you are in good health. 

Flu Vaccine

Have you been vaccinated against the flu this season? Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get the vaccine each year. Preventing the flu is less costly and more efficient than treating it. Come in today and let us help protect you and your family this flu season.

Annual Physicals (Health-risk assessments)

  • Blood Pressure
  • If you do not have a history of high blood pressure, your blood pressure should be checked at least every two years.

  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • All women should consider having a mammogram and a breast exam every year beginning at age 40-50.

  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • All women should have an annual pap smear starting at age 21 and continuing through age 29, then every three years from age 30- 65, unless a different schedule is advised by your physician based on your specific risk factors.

  • Cholesterol and Lipid Screening
  • A single screening lipid profile (total cholesterol and HDL) should be considered for all patients (men and women) by age 20. If initial tests are normal, then men should be screened every five years from age 35 and women from age 45.

  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • A colon cancer screening program should start at age 50 and continue through age 75. This screening is best accomplished by Colonoscopy.

  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Every woman should be screened for osteoporosis at age 65 or earlier based on individual risk factors. Men with risk factors such as prolonged steroid use should also be screened.

  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • The benefits of a screening for prostate cancer are controversial. At a minimum, the pros and cons of screening should be discussed with all men by the age of 50 and a patient-specific plan clarified.

  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Quitting smoking and/or chewing is recommended for all people who use tobacco products.