FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: August 2, 2010
West Islip, NY Health screening tests conducted to determine the possible presence of a disease or other health problem. They can help doctors find diseases early, when the diseases may be easier to treat. While there is not universal agreement as to which tests should be performed and when, there are recommendations. Individuals should consult their doctors and insurers for information specific to their needs.
Recommendations for women age 50 and older are to be screened for blood pressure: at least every two years, cholesterol: every five years (or every three years starting at age 65), skin exam, breast exam, mammogram, blood test, pelvic exam and a Pap test: annually, bone mineral density test: once as a baseline, fasting plasma glucose test: for diabetes, every three years, thyroid-stimulating hormone test: every 3-5 years starting at age 65 and colorectal cancer test: every 5 to 10 years. Men age 50 and older should be screened for blood pressure: at least every two years, cholesterol: every five years (or every three years starting at age 65), skin exam, digital rectal exam: (to check for the possibility of prostate cancer) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) test: every year, fasting plasma glucose test: (for diabetes) every three years and colorectal cancer test: every five to ten years.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If everyone was aware of annual visits and the tests that are normally indicated at certain times in their lives, they would be much better off, stated Anthony A. Guida, MD, chair of family medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
Americans use preventive services at about half the rate recommended by doctors and public health experts. Talk with a doctor or nurse about scheduling important screenings. Tell your doctor about any diseases or issues that run in your family medical history, and ask questions about your health.
For additional information on Community Health and free health screenings please call Good Samaritan Hospital (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.