Northwest Hospital recommends annual health screenings as an important part of your ongoing wellness and preventive health care. It’s important to ask your physician or health care provider what’s appropriate for your age, gender and ethnicity, and whether you and your family are up-to-date on all of your immunizations.
At Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, we offer a variety of screenings — from cancer to heart disease — to help you stay on top of your health. Among these are:
Annual screening mammograms start at age 40. Women who have a strong family history of breast cancer should start screening 10 years before the age that the primary relative (mother or sister) was diagnosed. For more information visit the Seattle Breast Center section of our website, or contact the Center at 206.668.5950 to schedule an appointment.
Pelvic Exam and Pap Test
A pelvic exam is a way for doctors to look for signs of illness in certain organs in a woman’s body. Annual pelvic exams are recommended for all women. A Pap smear (Pap test), which is part of the pelvic exam, is a test of a sample of cells taken from a woman’s cervix. The test is used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix that show cervical cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer. Pap smears are performed on any women who is sexually active or over the age of 21. Pelvic exams and Pap tests can be performed by your family physician or gynecologist.
A colonoscopy is used to screen for colon cancer and diagnose other problems. The American Cancer Society recommends colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50, unless you have a strong family history or other high risk factors.
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CT Scan)
CT scanning is performed to visualize calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. The degree of calcified plaque is measure, scored, and compared with age-based data to assess plaque burden and the extent of coronary artery disease. Men and women between ages 40-70 years of age, who have any of the following risk factor would benefit most:
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring tests require a physician referral and are offered only as a direct pay exam (not covered by insurance). Call 206.668.2778 to schedule your CT Scan.