Guidelines for Colon Cancer Screening are ever changing.
The Gold Standard is a test called Colonoscopy. Typically, a colonoscopy is recommended at age 50 in healthy individuals without any symptoms.
A Gastroenterologist usually checks the colon with a camera. Test is quick and is usually done under sedation.
Talk to Dr. Rifai to see if you are due and we will be glad to refer you.
Screening for Breast Cancer is usually done through a Breast Exam done by a physician, followed by a Mammogram.
Mammogram is similar to an x-ray, done on the breasts.
As with any imaging, further testing maybe needed as some pictures may require additional evaluation. Make an appointment today and discuss with Dr. Rifai when you should start getting mammograms and what kind.
Prostate Cancer is usually screened for by a digital rectal exam followed by a simple blood PSA test. A certain men population are required to have this testing. Guidelines for checking PSA are ever-changing and recommendations are to discuss the risks and benefits of obtaining such testing.
Talk to Dr. Rifai to see if this test is right for you.
The American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Task Force both recommend an annual CT scan of the lung in a certain populations of smokers and previous smokers to screen for Lung Cancer. They are typically people between the ages of 55 to 73 and have had 30+ Pack Year of smoking.
Ask Dr. Rifai if this test is right for you.
Learn about Osteoporosis and Osteopenia ( thinning of the bones). Those cause bones to fracture/break, sometimes spontaneously.
Screening is recommended for women (after menopause) in addition to certain medical problems.
Talk to Dr. Rifai to see if this is something you need.
Hepatitis C is a virus that causes serious disease of the liver.
Guidelines recommend that people born between 1945 and 1965 receive a one-time screening for Hepatitis C.
This screening test is done through blood test.
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that can infect men and women.
It is recommended that screening for chlamydia be done annually for women from age 18 to age 25.
During a glaucoma exam, your ophthalmologist will: measure your eye pressure & inspect your eye’s drainage angle.
Ask Dr. Rifai to see if this is appropriate.
United State Preventative Task Force recommends screening for Lipid/Cholesterol Disorders in certain patient population.
Discuss with Dr. Rifai your risk factors and see if you need this test.
Guidelines are to screen for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40-70 years who are overweight or obese.
Sometimes, this test maybe needed earlier based on many factors and symptoms.
Sometimes, people may not recognize their emotions as "Depression". They may also feel that "It is all ok, it's normal to feel this way", until screened for Depression.
United States Preventative Task Force recommends patients to be screened for Depression.
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