We recommend the following screenings depending on your age and gender.
AAA Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Frequency: Once for men ages 65-75 who have smoked or men/women ages 60+ with family history
AAA, or Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, can develop slowly over many years and often has no symptoms. The screening is a simple ultrasound and is covered under your “Welcome to Medicare” visit if you have risk factors.
Annual Wellness Visit
A total look at your overall health and family health history. A provider will also discuss your lifestyle choices and conduct some important health tests.
Frequency: Regular screenings at age 50 and every 10 years after, depending on your family history and symptoms
Examines the inner lining of your large intestine to detect abnormalities. It can find colon cancers early and polyps that can be easily removed before they turn into cancer.
Frequency: Every 6 months.
A dental exam evaluates risk for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer for children and adults, including adults without natural teeth, and also examines the mouth and neck for abnormalities.
Frequency: Every other year, from ages 6-60; every year for 61+
Many eye conditions have no obvious symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to vision and eye health. If you have diabetes you should also have an annual check for diabetic retinopathy.
Frequency: Dependent on history and symptoms for those who smoke and drink regularly
These cancers can involve any number of tumors in the head and neck region, including the nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat and larynx, which can be treated successfully if diagnosed at an early stage.
Frequency: Annually beginning at age 40, age 35 if family history of breast cancer
A quick and easy exam that uses x-ray technology to identify any abnormal areas or disease. Finding breast cancer as early as possible is important to increased treatment options and success rates. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 100 percent when the cancer is detected between Stage 0 and Stage 1.
October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Saturday appointments in October are available at the following hospital locations.
- Guthrie Cortland Medical Center
- Guthrie Corning Hospital
- Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
- Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital
- Guthrie Troy Community Hospital
Prostate Cancer Screening
Frequency: Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them.
The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test includes a rectal exam and administration of the test means early diagnosis. About one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Frequency: Dependent on history and symptoms
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Screenings promote early detection by monitoring any suspicious skin spots.
Women’s Annual Exam
Frequency: Annually depending on age and risk factors
A thorough and comprehensive health screening and framework for the medical history of the female patients. It can consist of clinical breast exam, pap test, pelvic exam and HPV test depending on your age and history.
Screening recommendations are based on the American Cancer Society Guidelines.