Preventative Health Checks
Preventive Health Care
Many people are understandably proud of being able to claim that they ‘never go to the doctor’. In some ways, this is good news because it means they have no illness needing medical attention. But it might mean that they are missing out on some important preventive health checks, which can keep them healthy.
These checks include
- Blood Pressure
- Pap Smear and Breast Examination (for women)
- Vaccination Status
- Cholesterol Level
These checks don’t need to be done very often, but they can be very important in preventing problems, or detecting them in the early stages.
- You don’t have to be ill to see the doctor occasionally
- Doctors like seeing their healthy patients as well as their sick ones
We are especially interested in promoting good health and preventing illness.
Early Disease Detection
What is early disease detection?
Early disease detection is the use of:
- Screening tests to find diseases before symptoms appear.
- Diagnostic tests, medical exams, and self-exams to find a disease early in its course.
Why should you think about early disease detection?
Often, the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely that it can be cured or successfully managed. Managing a disease, especially early in its course, may lower its impact on your life or prevent or delay serious complications.
What tests should you have?
The tests you need depend on your age, gender, and your risk factors. Risk factors might include family history, such as having a close relative with cancer, and lifestyle issues, such as smoking.
Cholesterol screening, for example, is recommended for people who have a strong family history of heart disease.
Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant may be screened for genetic conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, and other conditions.
Please contact our office to find out more about Early Disease Detection.