Women’s health screenings may be more important than you think: They can prevent signs of chronic disease before severe problems arise. Dr. Gonzalo Martinez is a family medicine and medical aesthetics specialist who provides patient-centered women’s health services at Joshua Medical Group in Palmdale, California. Call his office to learn more about women’s health screenings or book an appointment online.
Women’s health includes screenings, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of health conditions unique to women. These include:
The top three leading causes of death for women in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Just over 13% of American women ages 18 and older are in fair or poor health. Women are also more likely than men to die from a heart attack and have signs of depression.
Fortunately, early health screenings prevent or manage women’s health problems before they become serious. Dr. Martinez completes well-woman checks, yearly women’s physicals, breast exams, Pap smears, and other forms of preventive medicine.
Dr. Martinez works with you to determine which annual health screening you need. Your lifestyle, age, and life stage determine which screenings are appropriate.
Breast exams and mammograms help detect breast cancer in its early stages before it becomes life-threatening. Dr. Martinez lets you know when to begin and how often to receive mammogram screenings, which depends on your age and risk factors.
Pap smears screen for human papillomavirus (HPV) and early stages of cervical cancer, which is when this form of cancer is treatable. Fortunately, HPV vaccines are available to reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer drastically.
If you’re sexually active, Dr. Martinez may recommend sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests to rule out Chlamydia, HPV, and other STDs that can lead to more severe health problems. Many STDs are treatable, especially when caught early.
Catching and treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar early lowers your chance of developing heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Martinez lets you know which screenings you’re due for at your annual well women’s check.
Often, colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for women in their 40s and 50s to check for early signs of colorectal cancer. Various screening tests are available, and Dr. Martinez works with you to determine which is the best fit.
During your yearly women’s physical exam, Dr. Martinez reviews your medical history, conducts a head-to-toe physical examination, completes appropriate health screenings, and treats medical conditions related to women's health. His office is comfortable, warm, and welcoming.
Call Joshua Medical Group to learn more, or book an appointment online.