Preventive Care

Preventive medicine are measures that include screenings, lab tests, immunizations, assessments, or procedures to help identify risk factors that may lead to future diseases or conditions. If risks are identified or positive results are found, our healthcare providers may discuss lifestyle changes, nutrition, medications, or refer you to a specialist. The goal of preventive medicine is to prevent future illnesses and improve your quality of life.

Listed below are some preventive measures for all adults, women, and children. Talk to your provider about you or your family’s risk factors and which tests are appropriate.

Common preventive care for all adults

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening -for men who’ve ever smoked
  • Alcohol misuse and counseling
  • Aspirin use for individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening >50 years old
  • Depression screening
  • Diabetes screening
  • Hepatitis B screening for individuals at risk
  • Hepatitis C screening for adults at increased risk, and one time for everyone born 1945 – 1965
  • HIV screening
  • Immunizations
    • Pneumonia
    • Shingles
  • Lung cancer CT screening, 55-80 years old, heavy smokers or quit in the past 15 years
  • Obesity screening and counseling
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling and screening
  • Tobacco use screening

Common preventive care for women

  • Anemia screening
  • Breast cancer screening every 1-2 years > 40 years old
  • Cervical cancer screening 21-65 years, earlier if sexually active
  • Folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
  • HPV test > 30 years old
  • Osteoporosis screening >60 years old
  • Postpartum depression

Common preventive care for children

  • Alcohol and drug use assessments
  • Autism screening at 18 and 24 months
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Cervical dysplasia screening
  • Depression screening
  • Developmental screening < 3 years old
  • Height, weight, BMI measurements
  • Immunization vaccines
  • Iron supplements for children at risk
  • Lead screening
  • Obesity screening & counseling
  • Oral health
  • Vision screening
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