At South Coast Family Medical Center, we believe preventative care can go a long way in protecting the overall health and well-being of our patients. We follow evidence-based guidelines, including but not limited to the United States Preventative Services Task Force, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Cancer Society.To meet the needs of our patients, we offer a robust selection of preventative care services. But what is preventative care?
What Is Preventative Care?
Preventative care allows for early detection of illnesses and conditions before they get out of control. By offering preventative care services, the physicians and providers at South Coast Family Medical Center are able to help prevent injuries or diseases before they even happen instead of having to treat or cure symptoms later down the road. In short, preventative care is made up of particular procedures and tests designed for early detection and treatment of conditions, such as cancer, that can prove fatal if left untreated. The type of preventative care an individual receives, however, depends on a number of factors, including:
- Family History
- Individual Health
For example, many women undergo a variety of preventative care screenings and tests throughout their lifetimes. In their younger years, they might be screened more often for cervical cancer. Later in life, they might undergo screenings for colon cancer and breast cancer. No matter the type of screening you undergo, though, it's important to remember that preventative care plays a vital role in keeping you healthy throughout your life.
Preventative Care Procedures
What do typical preventative care procedures entail? For starters, many traditional preventative care exams, otherwise known as well visits and physicals, usually include routine exams and checkups and might even include counseling or more in-depth screenings. When you visit South Coast Family Medical Center for a routine preventative care checkup, our physicians will check your weight, height, and BMI, as well as your blood pressure. In addition, any necessary or recommended screenings will be performed. They might include:
- Cholesterol Screenings
- Cancer Screenings
- Depression Screenings
- Diabetes Screenings
- HIV Screenings
- Obesity Screenings
Additionally, preventative vaccines might be administered, such as the following:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Human Papillomavirus
- And more
Whether your child needs a physical for a school sport or you're due for a cancer screening, our team is passionate about ensuring you receive the preventative care you need to keep and you and your family healthy.
Is Preventative Care Covered Under Insurance?
The short answer is yes. The majority of preventative services, including routine exams and many screening services, are covered by all the major insurance carriers. If you are ever unsure about what is covered under your insurance, contact your insurance provider.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact our office today and schedule your next routine annual physical.