FAQ


Office Policies

What tests and checkups do I need to stay healthy?

 
These guidelines indicate the tests and procedures that should be performed on a regular basis for healthy people. These recommendations apply to healthy people without disease or physical symptoms. If you have illnesses, symptoms or family diseases (e.g., colon cancer, high cholesterol, breast cancer, etc.), these tests may need to be done more often than indicated.
 
If you are behind on these procedures and wish to be updated, you may make an appointment to see one of our healthcare providers. Your first step in bringing your health care up to date is to call the office to schedule a complete physical examination.
 
M
F
PROCEDURE
FREQUENCY
AGE 15-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-64
65+
X
X
COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION & HEALTH COUNSELING
Every 3 years
X
X
 
 
 
 
Every 1 year
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
CANCER CHECK-UP*
Every 3 years
X
X
 
 
 
 
Every 1 year
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK
Every 2 years
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
BLOOD TESTS & URINALYSIS
Every 3 years
X
X
 
 
 
 
Every 1-2 years
 
 
X
X
 
 
Every 1 year
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
PSA**-PROSTATE CANCER BLOOD TEST
Every 1-2 years
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
EKG -(Stress test recommended if over 45 years old and more than 1 risk factor for heart disease)
Baseline
 
 
X
 
 
 
Every 3-4 years
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
RECTAL EXAMINATION
Every 1 year
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
HEMOCCULT** (STOOL FOR HIDDEN BLOOD)
Every 1 year
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
SIGMOIDOSCOPY** (COLON EXAM)
Every 4 years
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
X
PELVIC EXAM & PAP SMEAR (May be less frequent after 3 normal pap smears or after hysterectomy)
Every 1 year
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
BREAST EXAM
Every 1 year
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
MAMMOGRAM
Baseline
 
X
 
 
 
 
Every 1 year
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
TETANUS BOOSTER
Every 2 years
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
CHEST X-RAY (smokers)
Every 1 year
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
AUDIOGRAM
Every 2 years
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
BREAST SELF EXAM
Monthly
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
TESTICULAR SELF EXAM
Monthly
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
X
SKIN SELF EXAM
Monthly
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
GLAUCOMA CHECK
Every 2 years
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
FLU (INFLUENZA) VACCINE (If High Risk***)
Every October
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
PNEUMONIA VACCINE (If High Risk***)
Every 6 years
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
HEPATITIS B VACCINE
 
Age 12-19
 
 
 
 
 

MISCELLANEOUS:
 
Women of child bearing age who have not had chicken pox & are not pregnant should receive the chicken pox vaccination. Based on individual risk, a patient may be advised to have an endometrial biopsy (womb lining biopsy) or screening for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted diseases.
 
*to include examination for cancer of the thyroid, testicles, ovaries, lymph nodes, oral region and skin.
 
**begin at age 40 if family history of prostate or colon cancer. African-American men need to begin testing PSA at age 40.
 
***high risk = 65 or older (50 or older for pneumonia vaccine), anyone with chronic disease (asthma, heart disease, lung disease, anemia, diabetes, etc.), or household members of high risk patients.
 
Rev. 12/05
 
Helpful Links
 
When to call the doctor versus treat yourself:
 
Information about medicines:
 
General medical questions:
                http://www.drkoop.com/
                http://www.nih.gov/
                http://www.cdc.gov/
 
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Heart Disease
 
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