At Elite Care Internal Medicine, we believe that the prevention of disease is a key to staying healthy.
Therefore, your need for immunization does not end when you reach adulthood. The shots you need as an adult are determined by age, health conditions, life styles and previous immunizations.
Elite Care Internal Medicine promotes frequent care and check-ups within its Atlanta internal medicine practice in order to ensure your ongoing health. This includes screenings for diseases and illnesses, such as cancer.
Early detection is the key to surviving cancer. During your annual physical exam, your Atlanta doctor will screen for breast, prostate, colon and skin cancer.
A person's age, gender, and family history are some of the factors that determine when a patient should start having a cancer screening. Because of this, we will consult with you about when you should start receiving cancer screenings.
A colonoscopy is performed for colon cancer screenings. It is typically done in an outpatient setting by a gastroenterolgist when a patient turns 50 years old. If there is a family history of colon cancer, please consult your Atlanta doctor to discuss if and when to schedule early colon cancer screening.
Elite Care will perform breast exams to screen for breast cancer as well. Similarly, your Atlanta doctor will discuss mammograms with you, and the frequency with which it should be repeated.
It is also important to perform self exams on a regular basis to screen for cancer of the breast, skin and testes.
Women should get into a habit of performing self monthly breast exam in addition to having an Atlanta doctor's exam annually. A self-exam will typically be done on the last day of a woman's cycle.
You should also self-monitor for changes to moles/sores. If any lesion changes in size, color, bleeding or irritation please bring this to the attention of your Atlanta doctor.
Similarly, teenage boys and men should perform monthly testicular exams to screen for testicular cancers. Bring any lumps to the doctor's attention immediately.
Click here to find out more about American Cancer Society screening guidelines.
If you are looking for a practice that will guide you through cancer screenings, please contact us at 770.667.0810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Priya Palliyil.