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Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Your risk of developing colon cancer increases after the age of 50. Although colon cancer is common in people with family history, 4 out of 5 people that are diagnosed with colon cancer have NO family history. Screening rates need to be improved as 1 in 3 adults over the age of 50 are NOT getting screened.

There are many ways patients can be screened for colon cancer including:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Stool DNA (cologuard)
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test

Talk to your doctor about colon cancer screening. It is recommended in all adults, male and female, over the age of 50. If you have family history, you may need screening earlier.

When caught early, colon cancer is 90% curable.

Schedule an appointment with HealthFirst to discuss your colon cancer screening options!

A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care practitioner that provides care to patients with common medical problems. When many people refer to their PCP, they refer to their family doctor. A PCP can be a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. Your PCP is often a provider that is involved in your care for long periods of time. They treat acute illnesses like the common cold and flu as well as manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, asthma, and many others.

Primary care providers practice in several different specialities such as:

  • Family Medicine - treats patients of all ages
  • Internal Medicine - treats adult patients
  • Pedicatrics - treats children

Our role as your PCP is to:

  • Provide preventative medicine services such as annual physicals, GYN exams, and counseling on healthy lifestyle practices
  • Identify and treat both acute illness and chronic diseases
  • Arrange referrals to specialists when necessary

If you are in need of a primary care provider, call HealthFirst Primary and Urgent Care today and make an appointment!

 

Prediabetes is diagnosed when your glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. It is often found incidentally during a yearly physical when blood work is drawn.

Results indicating prediabetes are:

  • HbA1c of 5.7% - 6.4%
  • Fasting blood glucose of 100 - 125 mg/dl

If you have prediabetes, there are no clear symptoms that you would experience. Although you may not feel the effects of having higher than normal glucose levels, this must be addressed to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes can be reversed if proper life style changes are implemented such as a healthy diet, daily exercise, and weight loss.

Call HealthFirst today to schedule your yearly physical so we can screen you for prediabetes.

By Health First Primary & Urgent Care
March 28, 2019
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Find out when you should start getting regular Pap smears and why this test is important to your health.pap smears

While no woman is excited to visit their Primary Care for their annual appointment it is vitally important to any woman’s reproductive health. These visits can help us detect potential or early problems so that we can treat them right away. We are here to let you know why a Pap smear is an important test that every woman should get and when you should start getting one.

Once your daughter becomes a teenager it’s time to consider a trip to the primary care. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology advise young women to visit their PCP/OBGYN for the first time between 13 to 15 years old. While it may seem a bit young to visit the gynecologist, this first exam will be pretty brief. Besides an external examination to make sure everything is healthy, this is also a great time to establish rapport between your teenage daughter and their gynecologist. After the first visit, it’s recommended that you continue to come in once a year.

Especially during your teen years, a lot of changes are happening and it can be important to have a doctor that you can turn to when your teen has questions or concerns. These visits can be a great time to talk about contraception, managing menstrual symptoms or even changes happening to the body. It’s also never too early to start talking about sexually transmitted diseases and ways to prevent pregnancy.

Of course, when it comes to getting an internal examination and a Pap smear the standard age for a healthy woman is 21 years old. These tests are then performed about every three to five years (if results come back negative). During a Pap smear, cells are scraped from the cervix and tested to check for any changes that could warn of cancerous or precancerous cells. In some cases, your gynecologist may also recommend getting the HPV vaccine to protect against genital warts and some forms of cervical cancer.

Do you have questions about getting a Pap smear? Need to schedule your next appointment? No problem. Call Health First Primary & Urgent Care today.

By Health First Primary & Urgent Care
March 28, 2019
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Welcome to the Blog of Health First & Urgent Care

Health First & Urgent Care would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about your health and our practice.

At Health First & Urgent Care we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their overall health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest medical developments and health advice from our dedicated team. 

Health First & Urgent Care hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper health care and treatments.
We welcome all comments and questions.
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