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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Screening (Overview)

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, to diagnose a cancer.


Dr. Creighton Wright
1 doctor shared a insight

Screening (Overview)

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, to diagnose a cancer.


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What is a multiple marker screening?

What is a multiple marker screening?

Genetic Screen: A multiple marker screen uses measurements of four analytes (bhcg, estriol, afp, and inhibin-a) to determine the likelihood that a fetus has down syndrome, t16, or t13 (more severe anomalies than downs). It also screens for neural tube defects, but ultrasound has replaced this screen as a superior modality. Importantly, the test does _not_ tell you if the baby had downs, it only quantifies risk. ...Read more

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Which cancer screenings should I get?

Which cancer screenings should I get?

It depends: Recommended screening tests depends on age and gender and other risk factors. I see that you are 49, and in this age group women should have pap smears every 3 years and if they haven't yet, should start mammograms every 2 yrs at age 50. Men and women should start colon cancer screening at age 50. If you have an iphone/ipod/ipad, an app that provides all the recs is prevention checklist 2013. ...Read more

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Screening for down's syndrome mandatory?

Screening for down's syndrome mandatory?

Not necessaraly: Early pregnancy screening for such things as down syndrome and open spine defects is part of the fabric of good prenatal care. It provides information to physician & parent about possible complications of pregnancy that allows planning for a complex outcome. I don't know any OB that would require you be screened, but most would want you to sign a waver acknowledging your decision not to have it. ...Read more

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When does screening for down's syndrome begin?

First trimester: Screening for down syndrome can begin as early as 11-14 weeks during the first trimester using a blood test and measurements on an ultrasound. Additional screening tests can be performed in the second trimester (~15-20 weeks) to add specificity to the testing. Together, the tests can detect down syndrome with greater than a 95% detection rate. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: screening?

What is the definition or description of: screening?

Test for a disease.: 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, to diagnose a cancer. ...Read more

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Does methelphenidate 10mg show up on drug screening?

Does methelphenidate 10mg show up on drug screening?

Not usually: Methylphenidate, ritalin, (methylphenidate) will not show up on a 5 panel federal of non-federal drug test as it is not an amphetamine unlike adderal. It can however, be found on some "drugs of abuse" panels but the collector may not be able to inform you as they usually don''t know what is being tested. If you are taking the medication legitimately with a verifiable prescription then don't worry. ...Read more

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How many times in a year medical screening is required??

How many times in a year medical screening is required??

Not required: Unless your place of employment has documented a certain number of physician visits as a term of your employment, annual physical exams are recommended, but not required. ...Read more

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Is it possible not to see a twin during early screenings?

Rare, but possible: With early, high-quality ultrasounds, twins are usually not missed anymore. ...Read more

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Which cancer screenings and at what age should a woman get them?

Which cancer screenings and at what age should a woman get them?

A few: The following are recommended: pap smears every 3 years from age 21-65, mammograms every 2 years at least from 50-74 (maybe earlier or later), colon cancer screening from 50-75. Others may be recommended based on your particular risks. For a complete list of recommendations by age/gender and risk factors (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to get voluntary cancer screenings and how?

How likely is someone to get voluntary cancer screenings and how?

Sure: Screening is always voluntary, nobody makes you do it. If you meant free, depends on what is available in your community. Just talk to your doctor and he/she will tell you which screening tests are appropriate for your age and level of risk and also tell you if there are low or no cost screenings available. ...Read more

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Can all these screenings cause unnecessary stresses on the newborn?

Can all these screenings cause unnecessary stresses on the newborn?

Define unnecessary: I worked at a Child Development Center where we say children who had metabolic problems like unrecognized PKU, hypothroidism, and even rarer conditions. None of their parents were happy to hear the kid would be brain injured for the rest of their life from a condition that could have been prevented by early screening.Just because you think your kid could never have the problem doesn't make it true ...Read more

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Im an every day smoker. How long do i need to pass a drug screening?

Im an every day smoker. How long do i need to pass a drug screening?

It varies: Nicotine is metabolized to cotinine. It can take 1-10 days to become undetectable. However, I have seen cases taking up to three months to clear. ...Read more

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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

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How long does virtussin stay in your system? Also will it show up on a random drug screening?

How long does virtussin stay in your system? Also will it show up on a random drug screening?

Not predictable: Virtussin is a cough syrup containing codeine, which is a narcotic opiate. Whether it is detected on a drug screen depends on each individual's body, on how much was taken, on when it was taken, on the quality of the test, on the diluteness of the urine, on pure luck, etc... If the person is taking the medicine appropriately, no worries. Otherwise, stop using the stuff, and then no worries. ...Read more

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Will it clean my system out to pass a urin drug screening and how long does it take till it will work?

Depends on drug: Different drugs have different clearance rates. See this site for information. http://www.ipassedmydrugtest.com/drug_detection_times.asp ...Read more

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Are there medical screening exams that someone can get in Canada? They would check for any major illnesses?

Are there medical screening exams that someone can get in Canada? They would check for any major illnesses?

Sure: Even though I am not a beneficiary of the Canadian Health Service, I feel certain Preventive Services are part of the plan. Canadian and U.S. Public Health officers continue to work diligently to identify evidence-based preventive services. Not much is needed other than healthy lifestyle recs for a 21 year old male: blood pressure/vaccines.But heart disease risk factor tests/cancer screening later ...Read more

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Are there proven ways to maintain prostate health (I'm 30)? Anything I can be doing now (other than screenings) to pre-empt prostate problems later?

Are there proven ways to maintain prostate health (I'm 30)? Anything I can be doing now (other than screenings) to pre-empt prostate problems later?

Here are some...: There would be no surely known means to magically prevent prostate cancer or diseases but healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession. Since you are so health-oriented, perusing the articles in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter.html and http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html; thereby you will possess much insight on how to handle daily health-related issues in the future. Best wish ...Read more

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I had a dignastic mamm. Done after my screening came back abnormal. A density was found. Dignastic says irregular focal asymmetric density at 11:00 rb?

I had a dignastic mamm. Done after my screening came back abnormal. A density was found. Dignastic says irregular focal asymmetric density at 11:00 rb?

Describing location: 11:00 rb means 11 o'clock location on the right breast. A density has been seen by the radiologist. He will determine if he needs additional images or a different diagnostic study ...Read more