There are so many incredible medical equipment, tools, and gadgets that we could not even have imagined a few decades ago. Many of these innovations are used to treat medical conditions and some even help prevent or reduce the risk of certain cases. At Southern Maryland Medical Group, we invest in advanced technology so that we can deliver the best healthcare for our patients. At the core of it all are the screening services. Screening helps identify issues early on so that we can nip them in the bud. Call Southern Maryland Medical Group or continue reading to learn more about our screening services. A member of our team is happy to take your call.
Did you know that around 1 in 8 women will develop cancer in her lifetime? Moreover, 8 of 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no familial history of it. Fortunately, with early detection, the 5-year survival rate is practically 100%. According to the American Cancer Society, women aged 45 to 54 should be screened with mammography annually and Women aged 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
Your physician at Southern Maryland Medical Group will go over the risks and considerations before the screening, and you are always welcomed to share questions or concerns. Call today to speak with a friendly member of our team.
Cervical cancer claims 4,000 lives every year in the United States, but it can be detected early on with a pap smear. This screening services involves collecting cells from the cervix, which is the lower, narrow end of your uterus. A pap smear can detect changes in the cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. We generally recommend a pap smear once every three years for women aged 21 to 65. Certain risk factors will affect this recommendation, with more frequent pap smears recommended for those with:
The general consensus is that you can consider stopping pap testing around age 65 if previous tests for cervical cancer have been consistently negative.
The heart is arguably the most important organ, along with the brain, and heart disease is the leading cause of death globally – followed far behind by cancer. Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to prevent the risk of heart disease and the first step is a healthy diet of nutrition and exercise. You should also keep track of your heart with periodic physical exams. Your physical can help you take measurements of your body, cholesterol level, blood pressure, and heartbeat rhythm. Call Southern Maryland Medical Group to schedule a checkup with a primary physician today.
The physicians at Southern Maryland Medical Group are vastly experienced, educated, and board-certified. When something is beyond their scope, our physician will make the necessary referral to a specialized physician. Rest assured we are by your side to the best of our power and ability.
Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help.