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At What Age Should You Have A Colonoscopy
Variable: Normal risk(for colon cancer) persons without concerning symptoms(like blood in the stool) usually don't need to start screening with colonoscopies until age 50. Various medical ailments like inflammatory bowel disease, a familial history of colon cancer or polyps or certain genetic syndrome or concerning symptoms will push recommendations for screening earlier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psa screening guide: I agree with american cancer society....Screening should be discussed with pts if they have at least a ten year life expectancy starting at 50.....If a relative has prostate cancer screening should begin at 40.....Risk doubles with a praimary relative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age 50 or earlier: Mammograms can detect breast cancer at any age, but the biggest benefit is between the ages of 50 and 74. Starting in your 40's or earlier, or continuing on past age 74 is an individual decision based on risks and preferences. For a complete list of preventive recommendations by age/gender and risk factors (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...Read more
No age limit: Rectal examination done as a part of physical examination or when indicated to age limit for , male or female. ...Read more
Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age for facelift: Facial aging can bother a person at varying ages. Mild aging can be treated non-surgically with skin care, botox, and filler injections. As aging progresses, procedures like mini-facelift, neck lift, or full facelift (with/without brow and eyes) become more appropriate. Consultation with a plastic surgeon will allow you to discuss your concerns to create the most appropriate treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 13 more doctor answers
Depends: A woman should start having pap smears when she begins having sex. I urge breast self-exam early. Breast and colon cancer screening recommendations vary. I'm not a big believer in lung cancer screening for smokers or prostate cancer screening for guys beyond the physical exam. Everybody needs to watch their skin. ...Read more
At what age should a person first be checked for plaque in the arteries? Dont tell me "only if you have symptoms" i don't take any chances. What age?
It's not so simple: The problem is that there is no proved, effective test to check for plaque in the absence of symptoms. Controversial methods include "calcium scanning", ultrasound, and others, but most experts consider them unreliable. Even if abnormal, without symptoms usually there is no treatment except what should be done anyway (no smoking, exercise, weight and BP control, drug Rx if abnormal lipids, etc). ...Read more
Do you think everyone should have a full body exam at least once a year and tests for cancer or would this be too expensive ?
No: "Full" and "everybody" is somewhat overkill. Children should have annual physicals for development,vaccinations etc.Adults:reasonable to have CBC and metabolic profile annually and in selected cases lipid profile.After age 50 colonoscopy to be repeated dependind on endoscopic cancer.Pap smear annually(in USA),biannually in some other countries. Digital rectal exam annually in males at 45 or 50 ...Read more
40 and above: Women should perform breast self checks every month and contact a doctor is there is anything abnormal. Yearly mammograms start at age 40. Many women get a baseline mammogram at 35, if there is not any high risk factor. If there is a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, contact your doctor or a breast surgeon for specific recommendations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies, aroiund 1y/o: As with all developmental things, there is no exact time to perform a certain skill, but more a range. Most kids are trying to take those first few tenative steps right around their first birthday. However, some kids walk as early as 9 months, and some kids are closer to 1 1/2 years. If your child is not walking by 15-18 months, best to get a developmental evaluation or talk to pediatrician! ...Read more
Child age 7 has had headache everyday for a week and a half. At what point would this be concerning and get her checked? Anything I should look out 4
See below:: If you are having any symptoms such as a lump or breast discharge, you should be examined right away. There is some debate in the medical community about the best time to start if you are not symptomatic. The American Congress of Ob/Gyns recommends that clinical breast exams start at age 20. The American Cancer Society recommends beginning clinical breast examination at age 40. Best wishes! ...Read more
What are they actually checking in a physical? I asked if I should be worried about cancer as a young teenager and a doc said get your regular checkup
Not under 16, I hope: Bright Futures guidelines for annual health maintenance in teens include: CRAFFT screen for tobacco,alcohol & drug use, HEADSS screen for lifestyle, e.g.depression, sexual activity, school. Physical exam with vision, hearing, BP, ht., wt. & BMI. Age 16-18: test for cervical dysplasia in girls, HIV, STI's. Education on safe sex, lifestyle, daily Folic Acid supplements for girls. Immunizations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Some dentist will do mixed dentition braces, before the baby teeth have been lost. Some will wait until the adult teeth are in. It depends on the severity of the underlying problem is, and the steps needed for correction. Discuss with your child's dentist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If: You have a lump or other breast changes that concern you a physician should be seen right away. Otherwise, screening mammograms in women without other risk factors are advised starting at age 40. ...Read more
Reason for colonosco: Everybody should do screen for colon cancer starting at age 50. One way of screening is colonoscopy. If somebody has risk factor like 2 family members had colon cancer she should do colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the family member had colon cancer. Like if your father had cancer at age 45, you should do colonoscopy at 35. Familial polyposis needs screening at much earlier age. ...Read more
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