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Mrsa Screening Guidelines
Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and over 25 if you have new partners or multiple partners. Hiv/syphilis/hepatitis testing if you have another std, have had more than one partner since your last test, or use injection drugs. Pap tests every other year (age 21-30) or every three (age 30-64). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more
Awareness: For you few years from now regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin test: Usually as skin test is done to see if the person has been exposed to tb. If the skin test is positive, it is usually followed by chest x-ray to detect active infection. ...Read more
Awareness: Form age 35 (in suspicious group ) to 40 yrs and on regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight/Height and FH: In kids with no family history of dm, follow weight and advice prevention of obesity and proper nutrition and kids with family history of type 1 diabetes regular check ups and blood tests kids with fh of type 2 dm avoid obesity and proper nutition from early childhood. ...Read more
Blood tests: Some blood tests are screens for serum markers of malignancy, and some blood tests are to assess the cells of the blood for irregularity (leukemia). Pathologists interpret these tests. However, if your question means, for example, if you have blood drawn for cholesterol levels, do pathologists also look at that same sample for possible cancer, the answer is no. ...Read more
Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!
Too early to screen: Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not increase significantly over nonsmokers until > 10 pk/yr. Smoking assoc lung cancer is very rare before 45 yoa. If lc is in first degree relative & smoking hx >10 pk/yr and very concerned discuss with your PCP and get low dose CT at 45 then every 2 y ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How reliable are the screening tests for prostate cancer? Does prostate cancer screening save lives?
Yes: With recommendations from the virginia genetics advisory committee, it has been mandated (virginia code 32.1-65) that every child born within the commonwealth must be tested for the following 28 disorders. http://dgs.virginia.gov/divisionofconsolidatedlaboratoryservices/services/analyticalservices/newbornscreeningservices/tabid/511/default.aspx. ...Read more
Important: Family history of cancer is very important information. If your family history of colon cancer is significant ( multiple family members with colon cancer especially at younger age) -then you would need to be screen for colon cancer- started approximately 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person in the family got diagnosed with colon cancer.You also need to see a genetician if history +. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With differing mammogram guidelines, I'm not sure when to begin mammogram screening. What does Mayo Clinic recommend?
At Mayo Clinic, doctors offer mammograms to women beginning at age 40 and continuing annually: When to begin mammogram screening and how often to repeat it is a personal decision based on your preferences. Mayo Clinic recommends women and their doctors discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of mammograms and decide together what is best. Balancing the benefits of screening with the limitations and risks is a key part of deciding when to begin mammograms and how often to repeat them. Not all organizations agree on breast cancer screening guidelines, but most emphasize working with your doctor to determine what's right for your particular situation. For instance, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force mammogram guidelines recommend women begin screening at age 50 and the American Cancer Society recommends women begin screening at age 45. But both of these organizations acknowledge that beginning screening at 40 may make sense for some women after considering the benefits and limitations of the test. Mayo Clinic doctors continue to review studies about mammogram guidelines to understand what the studies mean for women's health. Changes to mammogram guidelines might or might not be necessary in the future, as researchers continue studying this topic. Mayo Clinic supports screening beginning at age 40 because screening mammograms can detect breast abnormalities early in women in their 40s. Findings from randomized trials of women in their 40s and 50s have demonstrated that screening mammograms decrease breast cancer deaths by 15 to 29 percent. But mammogram screening isn't perfect. Another study concluded that despite more women being diagnosed with early breast cancer due to mammogram screening, the number of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer hasn't decreased. The study suggested that some women with early breast cancer were diagnosed with cancer that may never have affected their health. Unfortunately doctors can't distinguish dangerous breast cancers from those that are non-life-threatening, so annual mammograms remain the best option for detecting cancer early and reducing the risk of death from breast cancer. The main concern about mammograms for breast cancer screening is the chance of a false positive result. This means that an abnormality is detected but, after additional testing, it turns out to not be cancer. This is especially a concern in younger women in their 40s and 50s, who may be more likely to have a false positive result. If an abnormality is detected on a mammogram, a woman may be asked to have additional mammogram images taken and, possibly, additional imaging tests, such as ultrasound. These tests may determine the abnormality shown on the original mammogram isn't cancer. In some cases, it may be necessary for a woman to undergo a biopsy procedure to remove a sample of breast tissue for testing. For many women, having a biopsy that confirms there isn't any cancer present is reassuring and doesn't increase anxiety. If you're concerned about when to start breast cancer screening and how often to repeat it, work with your doctor to make an informed decision. Together you can decide what's best for you based on your personal preferences, your medical history and your individual breast cancer risk. Talk with your doctor about: Your personal risk of breast cancer, The benefits, risks and limitations of screening mammograms, The role of breast self-exams for breast awareness in helping you become more familiar with your breasts, which may help you identify abnormalities or changes. ...Read more
Het. Mono screen came back + 9/8/13, but diagnosed + in '10. Wbc 4.9, neut. 70% and lymp. 21%. Had a MRSA in '12, and shingles '07. What specialist(s) can best diagnose immune system disorders?
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Retested area of mrsa infection showed negative. What else should I do? Should I also do nasal screen? Should I do nasal treatment and hibicleans?
Nothing.: If it's cleared, it's cleared. no more you should do. ...Read more
See below: You're right cefazolin is ineffective against mrsa. Sometimes when we suspect a patient has a staph.Aureus infection but do not have the sensitivities yet we will start vancomycin plus cefazolin because the cefazolin works better against methicillin sensitive staph. Aureus (mssa) while the vancomycin covers the patient for mrsa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung? Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?
No, it shouldn't: Infection with MRSA shouldn't cause itching. It more likely causes pain and discomfort.However, if you have an itchy rash caused by something else, too much scratching of your of skin can increase risk of infection by bacteria such as staph or even mrsa.Mrsa itself is not the reason for the itch.People that are carriers for MRSA also don't experience itching usually.Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Identify the source: Nasal carriage? Sibling? Fomite? What would happen in the case of recurrent MRSA - it may not easliy resolve so treatment must be aggressive eg, I&D (with c&s), start septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) Mupirocin the nostrils and use hexachloraphene wash, locally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually Benign Bact: Improve health best. Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly a commensal bacteria, but reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Staph germ.: MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staph is present on everybody's skin. Sometimes it causes infections. If you have MRSA it is resistant to methicillin and other typically effective antibiotics, and is tougher to treat if it does cause an infection. It can be "contagious." We swap germs every time we shake hands or kiss, but it does not always make us sick. Depends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer