Screenings for Good Health
Regular health screenings can help detect problems early, when your chances for cure are better. “Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their healthcare by scheduling screenings and doctor appointments, as necessary,” said Roberto Madrid MD, vice president of medical group operations at PIH Health Physicians. Visiting your doctor regularly will also help you develop a trusting bond with your physician. Together, you and your doctor can work to keep you as healthy as possible.
Here are some screenings you may want to discuss with your doctor:
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer screenings begin at age 40 and should occur annually. The American College of Radiology states that mammography screenings have assisted in the reduction of deaths due to breast cancer in the United States by 1/3 since 1990. The goal of screening mammography is to detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable. In fact, cancers that are confined to the breast have survival rates greater than 98 percent. To schedule a mammogram, call 562.906.5692, or make an appointment online at PIHHealth.org/Mammogram.
A colonoscopy is a test used to detect any abnormalities and remove polyps that can potentially cause colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the country, however it has a high cure rate—over 95 percent—if detected early. To learn more about colorectal cancer or colonoscopy, visit PIHHealth.org/Colonoscopy.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screenings are of the utmost importance for those who fall in any of the following categories: 55 to 80 years old, have smoked a pack a day for over 30 years, current smokers or those who have quit smoking in the last 15 years. It is also a good idea to get screened if you’ve been exposed long-term to second-hand smoke or environmental pollution. For more information about lung cancer or to schedule a lung cancer screening, visit PIHHealth.org/Lung.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer can be detected with a Pap smear. This test looks for cells on the cervix that may become cancerous if they are not treated correctly. During the exam, a doctor will swab the cervix to collect cells for testing. An annual Pap smear should begin at age 21 for women and occur every third year. For more information on cervical cancer screenings, visit PIHHealth.org/Screenings.
Different types of disorders can occur in the eyes that may affect your vision. Eye exams can identify conditions that may not be noticeable upon first glance. During an exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist will measure your vision and note any personal or family medical history that may affect your eye sight. To schedule an eye exam and learn more about our services, visit PIHHealth.org/EyeCare.
It is recommended that men talk with their doctors about prostate screenings that can detect infections or cancer. The two basic tests used to screen the prostate are: digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA). Early detection of prostate infection or cancer could ultimately save a man’s life. To learn more about prostate screenings or when to have one, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Visit, PIHHealth.org/Prostate for additional information.
A skin cancer screening is administered by a medical professional and does not require any blood work. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and one in five Americans will develop the disease. Individuals of all ethnicities can get skin cancer so it is important that everyone gets annual screenings to make sure their skin is in good health. Regular self-examination can also be effective in preventing skin cancer. To schedule a skin exam, visit PIHHealth.org/Dermatology.
Wellness Exam: Physical
Wellness visits should occur annually for both men and women with a Primary Care Physician (PCP). During the exam your doctor will check your medical history and ask about your lifestyle behaviors like smoking, sexual health, diet and exercise. Your doctor will then check your vital signs and may ask if you have any health concerns. If you do not have a primary care doctor and would like to make an appointment, visit PIHHealth.org/Physicians and search “Family Medicine” or “Internal Medicine.”
Schedule an Appointment
Lastly, take action and schedule an appointment with your doctor if you are behind on any of your annual screenings. To find a PIH Health Physician in or near our service area, visit PIHHealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.