Routine Physical Exams
A routine physical exam is recommended at least once each year for patients of all ages. This complete medical examination allows your doctor to evaluate your health and discover problems before they start. Early detection of a disease in its earliest stages could result in easier and more effective treatment.
In anticipation of your physical exam, the following is a list of what you should do prior to your exam
- Write down a list of problems or questions you may have
- Review and revise your family’s health history
- Make sure that you have had your recommended screenings
- Review any lifestyle changes that you feel need to be made
Your doctor will examine you physically and determine what preventive services you will need depending on your age, your medical history and your family’s medical history. The procedures that may be performed include:
- Measurement of height, weight & blood pressure
- Screening of body parts
- Blood tests
- Osteoporosis screening
- Rectal exam
- Immunization update
More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. While there is usually no way to prevent cancer, early detection is essential in successfully treating the disease. Regular cancer screenings can help spot any abnormalities or changes that may appear before symptoms do.
We perform various cancer screening blood tests to help reduce the potential damage of these diseases. Some of the most important blood tests to determine the presence of cancer include:
- Complete blood count (CBC) – This test is used to measure the quantity of several different kinds of blood cells in your body. Certain types of cancer can be diagnosed through this testing if levels of a particular cell are unusually high or low or if abnormal cells are discovered.
- Blood protein testing – By processing and sorting through the different proteins in the blood, this test can identify whether there are higher numbers of an abnormal immune system protein. If levels are unusually high, it may be an indication of some forms of cancer.
- Tumor marker tests – If a tumor is present in the body, it will often secrete a chemical that ends up in the bloodstream. A tumor marker test will note an elevated presence of these chemicals. However, there are other bodily cells that may produce the same chemicals at times, so tumor marker tests are not always reliable on their own.
These tests can be very successful in detecting early indicators of cancer that can increase the effectiveness of treatment. If any of the results suggest a possible diagnosis of cancer, further testing will be required.
STD Testing & Treatment
Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have no symptoms, especially in women, so it is hard to know if you have been infected. Periodic testing is recommended for anyone with multiple sexual partners, even if they are having protected sex. Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against STDs. It is important to communicate with your partner and ask them if they have or have ever had an STD. At , we offer safe and confidential STD testing and treatment.
If you are diagnosed with an STD, most can fortunately be treated effectively. Many, however, cannot be cured. Oral or injected antibiotics are prescribed for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis and patients usually respond well. There is no cure for genital warts, but flare-ups can be shortened with antiviral medications. HIV also has no cure but can be treated with a combination of medications. STDs are serious infections that can cause lifelong or recurring symptoms and side effects. It is important to practice safe sex and get tested often.