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A preventive health screening is a test, physical examination or other procedure used to detect a particular disease or condition you may have or are at risk of developing before you begin showing any symptoms. Screenings allow for early detection of risk markers or as-yet-unrecognized conditions.
Preventive health screenings are important because early detection can result in better outcomes. As men and women age, there are health screening services that become more important to have. Age is a risk factor for many life-changing diseases, and prevention is your body’s best defense.
Most likely. Many health plans are required to cover a set of preventive services – like shots and screening tests – at no cost to you. These services are usually free when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network. Check with your provider to learn more.
Pleasant Valley Hospital’s cardiovascular screenings assess your risk for a stroke or heart attack. These screenings can help you have peace of mind knowing that you are taking steps towards a healthier you!
Stroke Risk Assessment – $99
Valued at $1,500
Heart Attack Risk Assessment – $75
Valued at $189
A CT Calcium Score is a non-invasive test using a CAT scan to evaluate your risk for a heart attack. The scan takes less than 60 seconds.
Premium Heart Attack Risk Assessment – $199
Valued at $1,500
A CTA (Computed Tomography Angiography) is a special CAT scan that detects blockages in the coronary arteries. The scan takes less than 60 seconds. A calcium score is also included in this package.
Advanced Cardiovascular/Stroke Risk Assessment – $129
Valued at $1,500
For more information or to schedule your screening, please call 304.675.6257.
Breast cancer screening is checking a woman’s breast for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early while it is easier to treat. The most common breast cancer screening method is the mammogram.
Mammograms use a low-dose of radiation to take x-ray images of the breast to detect cancer, often even in the early stages before women experience symptoms. The earlier breast cancer is detected the better, because this is when it is most treatable. Early detection may prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers or may decrease the need for a mastectomy. In fact, when breast cancer is detected early and is confined to the breast only, 5-year survival is approximately 99%. This declines to only 26% if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body at the time of diagnosis.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States. Breast cancer death rates declined 36% from 1989 to 2012, largely as a result of screening mammography (American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-2016).
The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is approximately 12.5% (1 out of 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in her lifetime). The risk of death from breast cancer can be lessened if breast cancer is detected early with a mammogram.
American Cancer Society screening recommendations for women at average breast cancer risk: For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as in a BRCA gene), and has not had chest radiation therapy before the age of 30. (See below for guidelines for women at high risk.)
American Cancer Society screening recommendations for women at high breast cancer risk: Women who are at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year, typically starting at age 30. This includes women who:
Most women at high risk should begin screening with MRI and mammograms when they are 30 and continue for as long as they are in good health. But a woman at high risk should make the decision to start with her health care providers, taking into account her personal circumstances and preferences.
Most health insurance plans are required to cover mammograms every one to two years for women beginning at age 40 with no out-of-pocket cost (like a co-pay, deductible, or co-insurance).
Cervical cancer is not hereditary and does not discriminate. In fact, up to 4 out of 5 women will be affected with the virus that causes cervical cancer (HPV) at least once in their lifetime. But you can help protect yourself. When caught in the early stages, you have an 80% chance of beating the cancer. This is why it’s so important to keep up with your annual exams. A well-proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV (human papillomavirus) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests. The Pap test is a procedure used to collect cells from the cervix so that they can be looked at under a microscope to find cancer and pre-cancer. A Pap test can be done during a pelvic exam, but not all pelvic exams include a Pap test. An HPV test can be done on the same sample of cells collected from the Pap test.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women follow these guidelines to help find cervical cancer early. Following these guidelines can also find pre-cancers, which can be treated to keep cervical cancer from forming.
Coverage of cervical cancer screening tests is mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but that doesn’t apply to health plans that were in place before it was passed. You can find out the date your insurance plan started by contacting your health insurance plan administrator. If your plan started on or after September 23, 2010, it’s required to cover the recommended cervical cancer screening tests. If your plan started before September 23, 2010, it may still have coverage requirements mandated by your state, but each state is different.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer, but it doesn’t have to be. There is strong scientific evidence that screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 saves lives! Both men and women can get colorectal cancer, and the risk increases with age. If you are 50 or older, getting a colorectal screening test could save your life. Here’s how. The gold standard for colorectal cancer screening is a screening colonoscopy. A screening colonoscopy is a simple outpatient test done under sedation that utilizes digital imaging equipment. Most colon cancers start as polyps, which can be removed during this procedure. It’s important to note that removal of these polyps may prevent colon cancer. Keep in mind: most colon polyps and early cancers usually have no symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to have a colonoscopy to prevent further problems.
It’s important to note that the United States Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that people at average risk starting screening at age 50, whereas the American Cancer Society now recommends starting at age 45. There’s nothing to stop insurers from covering the tests starting at age 45, and some are likely to do so, but at this time insurers are not required to (and some might not) cover the cost of colorectal cancer screening before age 50.
The Affordable Care Act requires health plans that started on or after September 23, 2010 to cover colorectal cancer screening tests which includes a range of test options. In most cases there should be no out-of-pocket costs for these tests, such as co-pays or deductibles.
Lung cancer screening is a process that’s used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people with a high risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer screening is recommended for older adults who are longtime even if they have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer. Doctors use a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan of the lungs to look for lung cancer. If lung cancer is detected at an early stage, it’s more likely to be cured with treatment. The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when it’s more likely to be cured. By the time lung cancer signs and symptoms develop, the cancer is usually too advanced for curative treatment. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer.
Lung cancer screening is usually reserved for people with the greatest risk of lung cancer, including:
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. The most important thing you can do, as a man over 40, is talk to your doctor to determine whether a PSA screening is right for you. The good news is, when detected early, the vast majority of prostate cancer cases respond favorably to treatment. The PSA prostate cancer screening is a blood test used to measure the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below a man’s bladder. The PSA test can detect high levels of PSA that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their health care provider about prostate cancer screening. Men should discuss screening with their provider beginning at: