Life-Saving Preventative Screenings
Beyond regular checkups with your primary care doctor, making sure you’re up to date on preventative screenings is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Doctor’s use these medical tests to check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. Early detection of disease and regular monitoring is crucial to treating cancers, controlling chronic issues like diabetes, and preventing heart attacks and strokes. This all adds up to a better peace of mind and being more in charge of your own health.
There are many preventative screenings all adults should be getting regularly. As your partner in health, PIH Health encourages all our patients to learn about the importance of these early detection health screenings, and take advantage of their life-saving benefits. Talk to your doctor about which of the following screenings are right for you.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Blood sugar tests such as an A1C test and fasting blood sugar test help to determine if you have prediabetes or type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, PIH Health offers resources and classes to help you manage your condition. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org/Diabetes.
High blood pressure damages blood vessels and over time, can cause serious health problems such as heart failure, stroke, and kidney and eye problems if not detected. PIH Health offers blood pressure screenings at its pharmacy locations. Visit PIHHealth.org/Pharmacy to find a pharmacy near you.
Breast Cancer Screening:
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Getting a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40 is the key to early detection and the best possible outcome. To schedule a mammogram, call 562.906.5692, or make an appointment online at PIHHealth.org/Mammogram.
Cervical Cancer Screening:
Cervical cancer is detected in more than 200,000 women in the United States each year. It begins when cells lining the uterine cervix change and grow uncontrollably. A Pap test helps to detect pre-cancerous cells, so treatments can be started early which helps lead to the best outcomes. Our team of gynecology specialists is available to provide a broad range of women’s health services, including pelvic and Pap tests. To learn more about women’s health services, visit PIHHealth.org/Women.
Colonoscopy is a test used to detect and remove polyps that can potentially lead to colorectal cancer. Although colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the country, it has a high cure rate—over 95%—if detected early. To learn more about colorectal cancer or colonoscopy visit PIHHealth.org/Colonoscopy.
Lung Cancer Screening:
Lung cancer screening is important, especially if you have certain risk factors. If you are 55 to 80 years old, have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for over 30 years, are a current smoker or have quit in the last 15 years, a new lung cancer screening procedure can help catch cancer early. If you’ve been exposed long-term to second-hand smoke or environmental pollution, it’s also a good idea to be screened. To learn more about lung cancer or lung cancer screenings visit PIHHealth.org/Lung.