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How often should I get a mammogram?

How often should I get a mammogram?

Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority. This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others. If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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How often should you have a colonoscopy?

How often should you have a colonoscopy?

It depends on indica: If it is for screening for colon cancer, then once every 10 years is considered adequate but it can be done more often if there is an abnormality that requires close monitoring. ...Read more

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How often should you get a colonstomy screening?

How often should you get a colonstomy screening?

Depends: Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50 in patients not at identified risk. Colonoscopy every ten years ( or sooner depending upon findings) or fecal occult blood testing annually are both acceptable methods of screening for cancer. Sigmoidoscopy is also a possible option, but i personally do not favor it. See http://www.Uspreventiveservicestaskforce.Org. ...Read more

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How often should I get a pedicure?

How often should I get a pedicure?

Personal issue: Unless you are a diabetic or have anatomical inability to reach your toes (from musculoskeletal problems or weight issues), then pedicure is a matter of appearance and comfort and the frequency depends upon the change in appearance with time that you are trying to correct. ...Read more

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Where can I get a detailed eye exam? How often should I get one?

Where can I get a detailed eye exam? How often should I get one?

Eye exam: seek a board certified ophthalmologist for the exam. Follow up visits depend on the findings of the initial exam. ...Read more

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How often should you get a cbc?

How often should you get a cbc?

When Needed: Only when there is a concern about your health such as anemai or concern about serious infection. ...Read more

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How often should you get a mammogram?

How often should you get a mammogram?

At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start mammograms is also unclear. For women under 50, it takes 1, 904 mammograms to prevent one death from breast cancer. Most groups recommend starting at age 40, but ask your doctor to explain your personal risks and benefits based on your history. ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a stool wbc's?

Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a stool wbc's?

No: Stool wbc's examines the stool under the microscope. That test does not involve taking blood or getting a needle injection. ...Read more

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How often do I need to get a pap test if I had a hyst?

How often do I need to get a pap test if I had a hyst?

Depends: If you had a complete hysterectomy for benign reasons and you have no history of abnormal pap smear, you may not need any more pap smears. That doesn't mean that regular pelvic exams aren't still needed, along with breast cancer screening (mammogram, self-breast exam, clinical breast exam). ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get an anoscopy?

Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get an anoscopy?

No: If they look further with a colonoscopy then an IV is necessary, but for anoscopy no needle is needed. ...Read more

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How often should I do a breast self-examination?

How often should I do a  breast self-examination?

Monthly: If you still get periods, you should examine your breasts at the end of your menstration, when they are the least tender. Do it the same time every month. If you no longer get periods, then just pick the same day each month (the first sunday etc) so it is easiest to remember. ...Read more

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How often should I get a physical exam?

How often should I get a physical exam?

Depends on your age: Sex, pre-existing conditions, family history, and a whole host of other factors. ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a cystometrogram?

Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a cystometrogram?

No: Cmg is relatively painless. The biggest issue with the testing is that it is a little embarrassing because you do have to be undressed from the waist down to do the testing. The EMG or nerve conduction portion of the test can usually be done without using needles unless you have some complicating factors. I try to use patch EMG whenever i can to minimize the needle use. ...Read more

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Should I get a CT to make sure I don't have a fistula?

Should I get a CT to make sure I don't have a fistula?

CT for fistula: It depends on the kind of fistula you have, and whether you are symptomatic. A fistula is an unnatural connection between two places in the body, such as between the bowel and the bladder, or the bowel and the vagina, or even between two places within the bowel. It can result from inflammatory conditions like Crohn's disease, or trauma, or post surgery. If you have symptoms, Contrast CT could help ...Read more

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Wondering how a girl, 24, should be dressed for a regular check-up with her family doctor, And how often should I have it done?

Wondering how a girl, 24, should be dressed for a regular check-up with her family doctor, And how often should I have it done?

Street clothes: You may wear your usual street clothes. The doctor's office should provide you a gown to wear after disrobing. How often - depends on your health issues and you should discuss it with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How often should you get a pap test?

How often should you get a pap test?

New guidelines: If you have had 3 consecutive negative pap smears then once every 3 years is now recommended. In women over age 60 to 65 pap smears can be stopped unless still sexually active or a previous pap smear was abnormal. Pap smears can also detect the hpv virus with some types being a forerunner to cervical cancer. ...Read more