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What are the recommended health screenings for young women in college?

What are the recommended health screenings for young women in college?

Physically --: --breast exams, pap smears, hemoglobin, cholesterol, weight; but psychosocial evaluations are very important: depression, chronic fatigue, body image disorders, and eating disorders are common in high-achieving young women, and they are not immune to intimate partner violence as well. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What are early disease detection recommendations for women?

What are early disease detection recommendations for women?

Several: It depends on the age of the woman, but in general these include pap smears and mammograms to screen for cervical and breast cancer, stool checks or colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer, screens for high bp, depression, alcohol abuse and possibly high cholesterol or blood sugar, obesity, osteoporosis and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. A good resource is the iphone app my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Which type of test is performed for men in detection of breast cancer?

Which type of test is performed for men in detection of breast cancer?

Same as in: Women, mammogram, sometimes mri. Chances of getting breast cancer in males is really low compared with women. ...Read more

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What's the health screening guideline for diabetes in kids?

What's the health screening guideline for diabetes in kids?

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

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What are the benefits of screening early for breast cancer?

What are the benefits of screening early for breast cancer?

Early detection: The earlier breast cancers are caught, the more likely they can be cured. Screening mammograms starting at age 40 can save 1 life for every 450-1000 mammograms done (depending on the study.) screening detects breast cancer at an early stage. ...Read more

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Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. Whats the latest for mammograms?

Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. Whats the latest for mammograms?

No change: The United States preventitiv task force back tracked and did not essentially change the recommendations. Every 2 years from 40-50, yearly after age 50. ...Read more

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Is there a link between excessive X-ray exposure during childhood and paget's disease of breast later in life?

Is there a link between excessive X-ray exposure during childhood and paget's disease of breast later in life?

Maybe: I cannot find literature to support previous x-ray exposure as a cause of paget's disease of the breast. However, radiation therapy to the breast received during hodgkin's lymphoma treatment in the past has led to increased risk of breast cancer in female survivors. ...Read more

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Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Several!: Currently over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their disease, due to advances in the treatment of common childhood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia; over 90% of children with that diagnosis are now cured. Many types of brain tumors, wilm's tumor, and lymphomas are also very curable. Metastatic bone and soft tissue tumors and neuroblastoma are still challenging. ...Read more

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For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

Several: Some would say none without symptoms i favor: history physical exam ekg chest x-ray cbc and chemistry panel stool for blood and colonoscopy ever 5-10 years possibly screening for carotid and PVD and AAA if a smoker prostate exam and maybe psa. ...Read more

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Can you give a list of all cancer screening tests for people who have no present symtoms of cancer, for example, a screening colonoscopy; how often?

Can you give a list of all cancer screening tests for people who have no present symtoms of cancer, for example, a screening colonoscopy; how often?

Only a few exist: Problem: cancer SLOW but usually, except for skin, DETECTED LATE. Thus bigger issue: realize that catching/stopping cancer is a key immune system function (controlled from brain), avoid foods which drive cancer (sugars), stay thin & keep up on science. Proven for men: check skin, mouth, thyroid & lymph nodes for growths, CBC, Electrophoresis, T. Markers, PSA (<1.0 ng/dL) & endoscopy>remove polyps. ...Read more

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more

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Besides 30 pack year history, what are other reasons to recomend CT scan for lung cancer screening? Is this the most accurate predictor of risk?

Besides 30 pack year history, what are other reasons to recomend CT scan for lung cancer screening? Is this the most accurate predictor of risk?

Yes: Currently smoking history is best predictor of risk for smoking associated lung cancers, other known predictors are presence of COPD and prior personal history of lung cancer and significant exposure to aerosolized asbestos. Talk with your PCP if concerned, a case for screening can be made for individuals based on unique combinations of risk factors. ...Read more

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Are there any antibody screen for early cancer detection?

Are there any antibody screen for early cancer detection?

No: There are no reliable markers for early detection of cancer in general or specific cancers. ...Read more

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Is there a list available for all possible blood tests to catch cancer in early stage?

Is there a list available for all possible blood tests to catch cancer in early stage?

Still waiting to hav: We are still waiting to have a good blood test for early detection of Cancer. So we have to rely on self examination of surface body parts like Breasts and skin for any abnormal growth or lumps . Screening tests like mammography, PAP smear and colonoscopy are useful. An annual physical exam for welness is another good way to keep a watch on your body. Any unexplained fever or weight loss are signa ...Read more

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What are the recommended health screenings for women in their 60s?

What are the recommended health screenings for women in their 60s?

There are several: It depends on her precise age, but in general these include pap smears and mammograms to screen for cervical and breast cancer, stool checks or colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer, screens for high bp, depression, alcohol abuse and possibly high cholesterol or blood sugar, obesity, osteoporosis and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. A good resource is the iphone app my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Are people who are born with brca gene at a higher risk for recurrence of cancer too?

Are people who are born with brca gene  at a higher risk for recurrence of  cancer too?

Yes!: If you have a mutation in the brca gene, you are at higher risk of getting a first cancer, and of having recurrence of a prior treated cancer. The brca gene helps cells repair themselves when they get damanged. Cells in people with a mutated brca gene can't repair themselves, so they are more likely to become cancerous. I keep a very close eye on my cancer patients with brca mutations! ...Read more

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How are the most common forms/types of cancer detected/screened for? Which common types have no screening tests at all, at this time?

Following: Breast, cervical, and colon are routinely screened for. Prostate screening is controversial. Lung cancer screening is available for high risk individuals. Skin cancer recommended but not commonly done. All others have no screen in particular ovarian and pancreatic. ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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Why is mammography not recommended as screening tool for women in 30s to check for breast cancer? Bc their risk is low or bc of dense breasts?

Why is mammography not recommended as screening tool for women in 30s to check for breast cancer? Bc their risk is low or bc of dense breasts?

Both: Younger women are at lower risk, and the sensitivity of mammo is decreased in the setting of dense breasts(which tend to be in younger women). There is no compelling scientific data that demonstrates any benefit to screening average risk women in their 30s. However, high risk younger women(e.g. BRCA carriers) may be candidates for screening in their 30s or even younger. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Obesity In Children (Definition)

Body mass index (bmi), expressed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m2), is commonly used to classify obesity among adults, and is also recommended for children. Bmi-for-age-growth charts for the United States are used to plot percentile. Children with bmi values at or above the 95th percentile are considered obese by this definition. Talk to ...Read more


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Screening (Definition)

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