Dothan, Alabama
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Dothan, AL 36301
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Our providers are: Chris Miller, M.D. Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease J. Ryan Conner, M.D. Internal Medicine James A. Robeson M.D. Internal Medicine Fiona I. Masters M.D. Internal Medicine Justin L. Casey C.R.N.P, Alexis F. Wood C.R.N.P. Robert M. Ortiz C.R.N.P.

The Importance of Health Screenings August 23, 2018

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The Importance of Health Screenings, Dothan, Alabama

Preventive health care is key to living a long and vibrant life. With the right primary physician, you can form a health care plan that works for your age and lifestyle. As part of this plan, many physicians recommend health screenings. This guide will explain the basics of these proactive measures and why they are important.

A Quick Guide to Health Screenings

What Is a Health Screening?

To monitor your health, a physician will run a test to detect a potential disease at an early stage or before it fully develops. If a condition is found in the screening, the physician will run further tests until confirming a diagnosis. 

Can Health Screenings Prevent Disease?

While health screenings do not prevent a disease from occurring, they can detect a condition early enough to stop or slow its development. For example, an annual mammogram may detect the early stages of breast cancer. This means that a doctor can take early action and prevent its spread. 

Who Should Get Health Screenings?

health screeningsYour screening schedule is up to you and your physician. Factors to consider are age, genetics, and sex. For example, it is generally recommended that women over 40 receive annual mammograms, and everyone over 50 should receive regular colonoscopies, with a frequency based on their risk factors. Your primary care doctor may also recommend simple blood tests with your checkups to test for various conditions. Since certain demographics are predisposed to specific conditions, your doctor will set up a screening schedule for you. 

What Are Some Common Types of Health Screenings?

While there are many types of screenings, the following are some of the most common in the United States:

  • Gynecological Pap Smear
  • Mammogram
  • Colonoscopy
  • Prostate Exam
  • Bone Density Test
  • Eye Exams
  • Mental Health Screening
  • HIV Test

When your physician recommends a specific test, attend your appointments for these screenings. Whether you are making these appointments every six months or every two years, it’s important to be diligent for the sake of your health. 


For health screenings, laboratory testing, preventive care, and other health care measures, the team at Fairview Clinic, P.C. in Dothan, AL, are here to provide the care you need. With their patient-first approach, they treat everyone 13 years and older attentively, which made them the top clinic in the state last year. For more information on their in-house health services, visit their website or call (334) 794-3192 today. 

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