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Health screenings help to detect diseases early

When diseases are found early on, they are easier to treat and manage, which is why it is important to undergo screenings. Make an appointment with a healthcare provider if a screening test shows a possible health problem. Follow-up care may include treatment, additional testing, referral to a specialĀ­ist, health counseling, or education. Most health plans cover preventive care screenings.

Breast Cancer

Patient getting a digital mammographyYearly mammography screenings are recommended for women beginning at age 40, based on guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Radiology, and the American Cancer Society. Women should talk with their doctor if there are questions about when to begin screening, frequency of screening, and when to end screening.

Call (540) 332-4486 to schedule a screening mammography.

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Cervical Cancer

Cervical screenings are recommended for women ages 21 to 65 for cervical cancer. Regular screenings for cervical cancer can help find abnormal (changed) cervical cells before they turn into cervical cancer. There are 2 kinds of screening tests that can find abnormal cervical cells: Pap tests, also called Pap smears and HPV (human papillomavirus) tests. If you are age 66 or older, ask your doctor if you need to continue regular cervical cancer screening.

Contact your Primary Care Physician today. Here are some if you don't have one.

Cholesterol

Blood draw tubes being scanned by an automated processing machineThe general recommendation is to get your cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years for adults of certain ages or at higher risk. Some people may need to get their cholesterol checked more or less often depending on their risk for developing heart disease. Individuals over 45 who have higher risks for heart disease, or who have high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol may need frequent cholesterol screenings.

Cholesterol screenings are typically done in a lab. Talk to your doctor about what's best for you. Here are some if you don't have one.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for patients ages 50 to 75. You may need to get tested before age 50 if colorectal cancer runs in your family. Most people can stop getting screened after the age of 75. Check with your doctor about your risk for colorectal cancer.

Call (540) 332-5526 to schedule a screening colonoscopy.

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Lung Cancer

CT MachineLung cancer screenings are recommended for patients ages 55 to 80 years who have at least a 30-pack-year smoking history, currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years, and who are in relatively good health.

Call (540) 332-4400 to schedule a Lung Cancer screening.

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Prostate Cancer

Men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. The discussion about screening should take place at the Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years. Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65). Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age). Since opinions vary on how often these screenings are needed, it's best to consult with a physician to determine the appropriate screening schedule.

Contact your Primary Care Physician today. Here are some if you don't have one.

Skin Cancer

It is important to see a dermatologist yearly and to perform monthly self-screenings to detect skin cancer. Risk factors for skin cancer include: fair complexion, family history, excessive sun exposure, severe sunburns as a child.

Contact your Primary Care Physician today. Here are some if you don't have one.