Routine disease screenings can help protect us from developing a number of serious diseases or help us treat certain health conditions before they worsen. The providers at Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and HIMG, members of Mountain Health Network, are ready to assist you in scheduling the screenings that you need.
Blood Pressure Screening
Men should have their blood pressure tested every two years; yearly screening should be undertaken if blood pressure exceeds 140/90. Men with diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other conditions should be checked more often.
At the age of 40, men with normal cholesterol levels should be tested every five years. Cholesterol should be tested more often in men with high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or other conditions.
After the age of 45, men should be screened every three years. Men who are overweight or have blood pressure above 140/80 should be tested earlier and/or more frequently.
Men between 50 and 70 with risk factors for osteoporosis should discuss screening with their physician.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Men under 45 should be screened if they have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or other risk factors.
Women between 45 and 75 should be screened regularly with one of the following tests:
Prostate Cancer Screening
At age 50, men should discuss screening with their doctor. African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin discussions at age 45. Prostate exams are no longer routinely performed on men without symptoms. However, for those who choose to be tested, the PSA blood test is done every year. Beginning at age 40, a yearly digital rectal exam is recommended.
To schedule these important screenings, talk with your primary care provider. If you do not have one, providers across Mountain Health Network are accepting new patients.