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Preventive Care

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Getting regular health screenings is one of the most important things you can do to manage your health and prevent disease. Preventive care measures allow healthy individuals to remain healthy by identifying risk factors. Patients can then make lifestyle changes to prevent conditions from developing into something more complicated.

At each primary care checkup, your doctor will review your personal history, allergies and medications, monitor your height and weight, check your blood pressure, and perform a physical exam. Your doctor will also perform preventive screenings for different diseases, depending on your age, sex and risk factors.

The following information can help you determine whether you are up-to-date on your health screenings.

Blood Pressure
Blood pressure checks should be performed at each medical encounter (at least once every 2 years). If your blood pressure reading is 120-139/80-89, your doctor may recommend more frequent screenings.

Breast Cancer (women)
Starting at age 20, a clinical breast exam should be performed every 1-2 years by a clinician. You can also perform self-exams regularly on your own. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and limitations of self-exams.

Women should get mammograms every 1-2 years from ages 40-69.

Patients at high risk for breast cancer should talk to their doctor about starting screenings earlier. Risk factors include a personal history of breast, ovarian or endometrial cancers, as well as a family history of premenopausal breast cancer.

Cervical Cancer (women)
Pelvic exams and Pap tests are used to screen for cervical cancer. Starting at age 21, women should be screened at least every 3 years, until age 29. After that, your doctor may choose to perform screening tests every 1-3 years, depending on your risk factors (e.g. failure to receive regular Pap tests, history of cervical tumors, HPV infection, presence of a sexually transmitted disease, etc.).
Starting at age 65, assuming your Pap test results were normal in the preceding 10 years, your doctor may choose to stop screening altogether.

Chlamydia
Sexually active men and women under the age of 25 should be tested for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections yearly. After 25, yearly testing should be conducted when certain risk factors are present (e.g. patient has history of sexually transmitted infection; patient has had a new or multiple sex partners since last test; patient does not use condoms consistently). Talk to your doctor to find out whether you should be tested.

Cholesterol
From ages 20-65, individuals should have their cholesterol levels measured with a fasting lipoprotein profile. This test should be conducted every 5 years. If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend more frequent screenings. These risk factors include:

  • Hypertension
  • Low HDL
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of premature heart disease or hyperlipidemia
  • Tobacco use
  • Body mass index greater than 30

Colorectal Cancer
You should start getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. The different screening methods most commonly used include:

  • Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)

Talk to your doctor about which option is best for you. After age 75, your doctor will likely talk to you about the benefits and limitations of continued screening.

Diabetes
Starting at age 45, healthy individuals should begin screening for diabetes every 3 years. Depending on whether risk factors are present, your doctor may recommend screening more often. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a first-degree relative with diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • History of vascular disease
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Race (African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native American are at a higher risk of developing diabetes)

A healthy diet and regular exercise can prevent diabetes from occurring. Click here to learn more about diabetes management and prevention.

Eye Exam for Glaucoma
It is important to have an eye exam to check for glaucoma at least once between the ages of 18 and 39. For patients with a higher risk of developing glaucoma, screenings should be conducted every 3-5 years. Risk factors can include severe myopia and family history of glaucoma, among others.
After age 40, you should screen every 2-4 years. Patients with diabetes, and those over the age of 65, should have a glaucoma eye exam each year.

Influenza
Flu shots are recommended even for healthy individuals. Getting one each year during flu season can lower your risk of getting the flu. This is especially important if you have a higher risk of getting the flu – and if you are over the age of 65.

Prostate Cancer (men)
A digital rectal examination (DRE) should be performed for high-risk patients ages 45-75. Talk to your doctor to find out whether your personal or family medical history put you at risk for developing prostate cancer. You may also choose to discuss the risks and benefits of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening.

Shingles
A one-time dose of the zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 60.

Skin Cancer
It is important to perform skin exams regularly, especially if you have certain risk factors for skin cancer. Risk factors include:

  • Personal or family history of skin cancer
  • Repeated sunburns early in life
  • Chronic sun exposure
  • Presence of certain types of moles
  • Light skin, hair and/or eyes

If you notice changes in size, shape or color of any moles or spots, inform your doctor. To prevent skin cancer from occurring, stay out of the sun as much as possible (especially between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest) and wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater even on cloudy days.

The above guidelines are intended for informational purposes and may not be applicable to all patients. They should not be construed as actual medical advice. Taking into account your personal and family medical history, you and your doctor can decide whether certain screenings are necessary and how often they should be performed.

Start taking care of your body today. Contact us to schedule your next routine medical check-up.

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Saviers Medical Group
246 E Scott St (Beachport Center) Port Hueneme, California 93041
Phone: 805-271-0708
Fax: 805-271-0769

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
9.00 AM till 5.30 PM
Saturday (by appointments only)

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