For those with on-going conditions, extra attention must be paid to assure that monitoring and treatment are as effective as possible.Your physician will be happy to discuss these guidelines with you.
Preventive healthcare guidelines are for services that detect or prevent disease and disability from occurring. The physicians at Hudson Physicians recommend the following as minimum guidelines for healthy adults. These minimum recommendations for care do not replace the judgment of you or your healthcare provider.
Preventive Healthcare Guidelines are intended for people who are at low risk for developing disease and have no disease symptoms. If you have certain risk factors or symptoms, you may need to have some tests more frequently than guidelines specify. Discuss with your physician what is best for you.
Those who do not have a history of high blood pressure should have it checked annually.
Breast Cancer Screening
All women should have a screening mammogram and an annual physical breast exam every 1-2 years beginning at age 50.
Cervical Cancer Screening
All women should have an annual pap smear starting at age 21 or 3 years after the onset of sexual activity; then once every 3 years after 3 consecutive normal results over 5 years. Those 65 and older with a new sexual partner should resume routine screening.
Those age 16-26 years of age should be screened yearly.
Cholesterol and Lipid Screening
A screening lipid profile (total cholesterol, HDL and LDL) should be performed for men every five years from age 35 and be evaluated for risk factors for coronary artery disease including hypertension, diabetes, obesity (BMI >30), personal or family history of coronary heart disease, and tobacco use. Screening for women should be performed every five years from age 45 and be evaluated for risk factors.
Colon Cancer Screening
A colon cancer screening program should start at age 50 and continue through age 80. A colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years or an annual fecal occult blood test along with a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
It is recommended to screen for depression annually beginning at 18 years of age.
It is recommended woman age 50-70 should be screened for osteoporosis. Discuss with your healthcare provider.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Screening for prostate cancer should be discussed with men age 50-75 every two years.
Quitting smoking and/or chewing is recommended for all people who use tobacco products.