Catch early or prevent — that is our goal.
Some diseases are difficult to catch or cure–not these three. Read on for updates in screening guidelines and how we can help detect these diseases.


Colon Cancer:

The American Cancer Society now recommends that we start screening for colon and rectal cancer at age 45.

Prior guidelines suggested people of average risk for colorectal cancer first get screened at age 50.

But that age was lowered after a 2017 study revealed that colorectal cancer deaths in people younger than 50 have risen 51% s

ince 1994. Why the increase? Experts aren’t sure but speculate it could be related to high-inflammatory diets or obesity.

If you are at a higher risk for this type of cancer—i.e., you have a family history, related genetic condition or inflammatory bowel disease—we’ll recommend screening even earlier.

The colonoscopy is still the gold standard in colon-cancer screening, but there is also at-home kits that we can order which test the stool for precancerous or cancerous blood or DNA.


Melanoma:
One advantage of having a concierge doctor? We incorporate new and useful technology. Our computerized mole mapping technology–called the “FotoFinder”–is a simple way to screen for melanoma.

In under 10 minutes, the camera will snap high-resolution photos of your skin, simultaneously creating an image database of your moles. This allows us to compare moles from your first FotoFinder session to follow-up sessions, making it easier to identify changes in moles and lesions. If a suspicious mole is found, you can either have it biopsied, take the photo to your dermatologist or watch and wait, returning for additional images as often as you like.

Please contact us to schedule a FotoFinder screening. (Note: the FotoFinder is a screening tool and not a replacement for a dermatologist.)

 


Hepatitis C:

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you’re five times more likely than other age groups to have Hepatitis C, an infectious disease. It’s a slow and silent killer, so screening for this leading cause of liver disease is imperative.

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you should be tested at least once in your lifetime. You should also be screened if you received a blood transfusion prior to 1992.

To check for Hep C, schedule a non-fasting blood draw with us.