Preventing diseases like cancer from taking hold and spreading could save your life, and disease screening services can make a significant difference by detecting problems before you’re aware there’s anything wrong. Dimos Kanakoudas, MD, and the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. in East Setauket, New York, provide a range of screening tests for many forms of cancer as well as other conditions, including diabetes and high cholesterol. Call Complete Health Medical P.C. today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Disease screening is a way of identifying health problems before you start experiencing symptoms. By picking up on the earliest signs of disease, you and your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C. can take steps to prevent the condition worsening before it causes irreversible damage.
Your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C. can advise you which screening tests you should have based on your:
You can’t use disease screening to detect all potential health problems. However, there are certain conditions for which you might need to undergo disease screening, depending on your risk factors.
Some of the screening tests provided at Complete Health Medical P.C. include:
Pap tests, or Pap smears, as they’re also known, are used to detect the early signs of cervical cancer. Women under 65 should have regular Pap smears — your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C. can advise how often in your case.
Pap smears use samples of cells taken from your cervix for analysis in the lab. Changes in the cells can indicate the early stages of cervical cancer.
Mammography is an X-ray of the breasts that’s used to detect early signs of breast cancer. If you’re over 50, you should have a mammogram and a breast exam at least every two years.
There are two approaches to colorectal cancer screening. One is the fecal occult blood test, which detects blood in the stool; the other is a colonoscopy. This procedure involves using an endoscopic camera to view the inside of your colon or large bowel.
Your provider inserts the endoscope into your rectum, and it sends back images of the bowel lining. Colorectal cancers develop from polyps, so if there are any present, your provider can remove them.
Two of the disease screening tests that everyone should undergo are diabetes and cholesterol.
If you have a condition called prediabetes, it means your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but you haven’t yet reached the level of diabetes. Catching prediabetes means you can take action before it becomes diabetes.
If you do have diabetes, the earlier it’s detected, the sooner you can start treatment and avoid the numerous and potentially life-threatening complications diabetes can cause. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines are that everyone over 45 should undergo diabetes screening, which involves a simple blood test.
Screening for cholesterol is also something everyone should have from around 45 onward. High cholesterol causes few, if any, symptoms but can have devastating consequences. Screening for high cholesterol is also done with a blood test.
Find out what disease screening tests you should have by calling Complete Health Medical P.C. today or book an appointment online.