The Right Preventative Care

Regardless of your age, there are appropriate and necessary preventative services that each individual should receive in order to stay healthy. You need to work with your personal physician to develop a plan that will guarantee that you and your loved ones receive the right preventative services based on your age, gender, personal health history & information, family health history and lifestyle.

Preventative services assess your general state of health, help prevent certain illnesses and pinpoint other health problems.

These preventative services include:

    1. Well- baby and well-child care
    2. Exam and screenings for adults such as periodic physicals
    3. Immunizations such as Measles-Mumps-Rubella, Chicken Pox, Polio, Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT), Hepatitis B for children; Flu, tetanus, Hepatitis B, Shingles for adults.
    4. Sigmoidoscopy – once every 2 years beginning at age 40.
    5. Colonoscopy- once every 10 years beginning at age 50 or more often as determined by family history.
    6. Sexually active females, especially those with multiple sex partners, should have a complete pelvic exam including PAP smear annually to detect for STD’s ( sexually transmitted diseases) and other gynecological problems; All women over the age of 25 should have a complete pelvic exam including PAP smear and breast exam annually after age 25. Talk with your personal doctor regarding the appropriate time for you to start such exams.
    7. Baseline mammogram between ages of 35-39; routine mammogram annually over age of 40.
    8. Women: Bone density test every 2 years beginning at age 52 to assess for osteopenia/osteoporosis ( softening of the bones). This test may be performed at a younger age if you have gone through early menopause or have had your ovaries surgically removed.
    9. Men: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam annually to detect for prostate cancer, beginning at age 40; earlier if there is family history of prostate cancer.
    10. Vision screening and eye exams every 2 years
    11. Hypercholesterolemia screening ( check for high cholesterol in blood) every 2 years or more as applicable.
    12. Hearing exams at least every 3 years.
    13. Bi-annual dental cleaning and examination; speak to your dentist about the appropriate age for your children to begin dental care.

The types and frequency of preventative care services are based on recommendations by the United States Preventative Services Task Force, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The types and frequency of preventative care services are based on recommendations by the United States Preventative Services Task Force, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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