Good health and healthy living are important
for maintaining your quality of life. Annual Examinations by your
doctor are important for monitoring you physical and mental health,
and to look for potential unseen problems. Finding these potential
problems earlier rather than later may allow you to take preventive
Dr. Melamed provides a series of preventative “screening”
services that look for these potential problems. Early discovery
can lead to advance treatment of potential problems.
What are some of the Recommended Routine Preventive
Dr. Melamed recommends the following preventive medical services
for your optimal health:
- Screening for High
Blood Pressure: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF) strongly recommends that clinicians screen adults aged
18 and older for high blood pressure. Office measurement of
blood pressure is most commonly done with a sphygmomanometer.
Blood pressure measurement can identify adults at increased
risk for cardiovascular disease due to high blood pressure.
There is good evidence that treatment of high blood pressure
substantially decreases the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
- Screening for Colorectal
Cancer: Colorectal cancer causes 55,000 deaths each year
and is the second most common form of cancer in the U.S. Screening
for colorectal cancer is recommended for all persons aged 50
and older. Annual fecal occult blood testing and sigmoidoscopy
(every 1-2 years) are easy to do, and should be repeated every
- Screening for Breast
Cancer: Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in
women, accounting for 46,000 deaths annually. Screening for
breast cancer is recommended for all women ages 40 to 69. Annual
clinical breast examination and mammography (every 1-2 years)
can be schedule in advance. Earlier testing may be necessary
based on your medical history.
for High Cholesterol: Elevated blood cholesterol is one
of the major modifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease,
which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Periodic
screening for high blood cholesterol is recommended for all
men ages 35-65 and women ages 45-65.
- Screening for Type 2 Diabetes:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) strongly recommends
that clinicians screen adults with hypertension or hyperlipidemia
for Type 2 Diabetes. There is good evidence that detecting diabetes
substantially improves estimates of individual risk for coronary
- Screening for Prostate Cancer: Prostate
cancer causes 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Many older
men, however, harbor small, slow-growing prostate cancers that
will not cause significant symptoms during their lifetime. Annual
screening for prostate cancer is by measurement of prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) in your blood, and the performance of digital
rectal examination (DRE).
- Screening for Depression:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends
screening adults for depression, and has found good evidence
that screening improves the accurate identification of depression
in patients. Early discovery can lead to treatment, which improves
the quality of life.
- Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer:
Melanoma is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
The lifetime risk for dying of melanoma is 0.36 percent in white
men and 0.21 percent in white women. Using sunscreen, decreasing
exposure to ultraviolet A and B light, and preventing sunburns,
may reduce the lifetime risk for melanoma.
- Counseling to
Prevent & Stop Tobacco Use: Tobacco use causes one of
every five deaths in the U.S. each year, making it the most
important preventable cause of premature death. Periodic counseling
to stop tobacco use is recommended for all persons who use tobacco.
The prescription of nicotine patches or gum, or the prescription
of special medications is recommended as an adjunct to counseling
to help selected patients quit tobacco use.
- Vitamins and Supplements to Prevent
Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease: There is insufficient
clinical evidence to recommend for or against the use of vitamins
A, C, or E; multivitamins with folic acid; or antioxidant combinations
for the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease. Recommendations
are determined on an individual basis, and are based on your
health and medical history.
Make an Appointment with
Dr. Melamed today for your Recommended Routine Preventive Services.