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Health Maintenance

As part of our commitment to promoting healthy living for patients of all ages, the physicians and staff at Family Practice Center, PC provide comprehensive care focused on prevention and health maintenance. For routine health screenings and procedures and healthy lifestyle management, we’ve got you covered.

Health maintenance includes:

  • Well-Child Visits and Immunizations
  • Annual Preventive Examinations for men and women
  • Well-Woman Exams, including mammograms and Pap smears
  • Lipid Screening
  • PSA Testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • And more...

Learn more about health maintenance services below.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that uses a scope to view the inside lining of the entire colon.  The doctor can check for colon polyps or colon cancer.

A colonoscopy may also be used to diagnose digestive or inflammatory disease if you have bleeding, pain, or changes in bowel habits.

Additionally, a colonoscopy may be used to collect tissue samples (biopsies), surgically remove polyps, or perform specialized laser surgeries.

Some FPC providers are certified to perform colonoscopies at local ambulatory surgical centers.

Mammogram

A screening mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts used to look for signs of breast disease when you do not have any breast symptoms or problems. A screening mammogram can detect cancer in its early stages, even before a lump can be felt, when treatment can be most successful. Screening mammograms take x-ray pictures of each breast from two different angles.

Mammograms cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but they can give information that shows whether more testing is needed.

Mammograms can be performed at the facility of your choice with an order from your FPC provider.

Pap Smear

Cervical cancer screening is an essential part of a woman’s routine health care. It is a way to detect abnormal cervical cells, including precancerous cervical lesions, as well as early cervical cancers. Both precancerous lesions and early cervical cancers can be treated successfully. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure.

The frequency of Pap tests is determined by your age, lifestyle, and other medical factors. Talk to your FPC provider to determine when you should have a Pap test.

Pap smears are performed at all Family Practice Center locations.

Cholesterol / Lipid Screening

Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Too much bad cholesterol can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems.

High levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol are important risk factors. Over time, these plaques can block the arteries and cause heart disease, stroke, and other symptoms or problems throughout the body. Disorders that are passed down through families often lead to higher cholesterol levels that are harder to control.

Regular lipid screening is recommended for patients based on age and contributing risk factors. Regular monitoring and treatment can greatly decrease your risk of these serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Talk to your Family Practice Center provider to find out if you are at risk for lipid disorders.

PSA Screening

Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The blood level of PSA is often elevated in men with prostate cancer. In addition to prostate cancer, a number of benign (non-cancerous) conditions can cause a man’s PSA level to rise. The most frequent benign prostate conditions that cause an elevation in PSA level are prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate.

There is no evidence that prostatitis or BPH leads to prostate cancer, but it is possible for a man to have one or both of these conditions and to develop prostate cancer as well.

Talk to your Family Practice Center provider to determine if you should have PSA screening.

Smoking Cessation

According to the CDC, an estimated 42.1 million people in the US, or 18.1% of all adults (aged 18 years or older) smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths each year. More than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking

If you are ready to stop smoking, contact your Family Practice Center office today. We can educate you on the latest smoking cessation methods and help you determine what may be best for you. Our providers and staff are here to support your efforts to kick the habit!

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We encourage you to make your health and well-being a priority! Become a patient at Family Practice Center in Central Pennsylvania today and begin enjoying the benefits of our health maintenance services and everything else we have to offer. Find a location or find a physician now.