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Preventive Screening For Early Detection Of Obesity In Children
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
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
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
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
Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. Whats the latest for mammograms?
Is there a link between excessive X-ray exposure during childhood and paget's disease of breast later in life?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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