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This page contains information on preventive screening recommendations and health care guidelines known as standards of care for common chronic conditions.

Preventive Screening Recommendations

Breast Cancer | Cervical Cancer | Colorectal Cancer |
Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules

Breast Cancer Screening
The causes of breast cancer are still unknown, but we do know that early detection offers the best chance of survival. When the cancer is confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent!1 Most women will live a full life and never have a recurrence.

The first line of defense in early detection of breast cancer is the Breast Self Exam and the Clinical Breast Exam by a health care professional. Women 20 years and older should begin educating themselves about breast health and should speak with their physician about self examination and recommendations regarding clinical breast exams. Women 40 years and older are encouraged to obtain a mammogram every year.

Risk Factors | Early Detection | Mammography | What is Breast Cancer? | Breast Cancer Facts | Facts for Life: Healthy Living

Click here to sign up for mammogram reminder emails from the American Cancer Society.

Additional Resources:
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Cervical Cancer Screening
The Pap smear is a highly effective test in detecting cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer so it is important that you learn the risk factors and get routine screening.

Women should begin screening for cervical cancer within 3 years of becoming sexually active or when they reach 21 years of age. A Pap smear is recommended every year, however, once a woman reaches the age of 30 or has had at least 3 negative (non-cancerous) screening tests, her physician may recommend less frequent screenings. Females in a high-risk group should be screened annually. Once a woman reaches the age of 65 and has a history of negative screenings or if a woman has had a hysterectomy, her physician may determine she no longer needs to be screened for cervical cancer. Consult your physician regarding your specific recommendations.

The Basics | Cervical Cancer

Additional Resources:
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Institute

Colorectal Cancer Screening
Beginning at age 50, we should start getting screened for colorectal cancer. The preferred method of screening is the colonoscopy which should be repeated every 10 years. Below is a list of recommended colorectal cancer screening options:

Colonoscopy - Every 10 years
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - Every 5 years
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) - Annually

A positive result on a sigmoidoscopy or FOBT should be followed-up with a colonoscopy. These guidelines are for people of average risk with no symptoms and no history of colorectal cancer. Individuals at higher risk or with a family history of the disease should consult their physician to determine the age to begin screening and to discuss if they should be screened more frequently.

The Basics | Screening Saves Lives

Additional Resources:
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Institute

Childhood Immunization Schedule (under 2 years old)
The following immunizations are recommended prior to a child's second birthday:
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
Pneumococcal (PCV)
Inactivated Polio Virus (IPV)
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)
Varicella (VZV)
Hepatitis A (Hep A)

What You Need to Know | Hep B | Rotavirus | DTaP | Hib | Pneumococcal | IPV | Influenza | MMR | Varicella | Hep A | Immunization Schedule (ages 0-6) | Common Questions Parents Ask | CDC TV - Get The Picture: Childhood Immunizations

Adolescent Immunization Schedule

Immunization Schedule (ages 0-18)

Standards of Care for Members with Chronic Conditions

Asthma | Cardiovascular Conditions | Diabetes | High Blood Pressure | Influenza | Mental Health | Prenatal Care

If you have a diagnosis of asthma, you know how important it is to keep your asthma under control. Members with a diagnosis of asthma should review and update their personalized Asthma Action Plan every year with their Primary Care Physician. An Asthma Action Plan includes what asthma medication(s) you should take every day, how you should monitor your asthma, and what changes in treatment should result from changes in peak flow readings and/or symptoms you experience. In addition, your physician should routinely assess how well your asthma is controlled.

Asthma: At a Glance | Asthma Action Plan | Asthma Control Test - Adult | Asthma Control Test - Child

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) (Information Coming Soon)

Diabetes Care
At Resurrection Physicians Provider Group (RPPG), we strive to help our members achieve healthy lifestyles. One way we do this is by providing you with information about preventive health care.

Below you will find recommended standards of care for individuals with diabetes. In addition to seeing your physician regularly, it is important for patients with a diagnosis of diabetes to obtain the following every year:

  • Dilated retinal eye exam by an eye care professional
  • Screening or treatment for nephropathy (damage to or disease of the kidney)
  • Hemoglobin A1c blood sugar level testing
  • LDL cholesterol test
  • Blood Pressure less than 130/80
  • Annual influenza vaccination during flu season
Diabetes is a common and lifelong illness that can have many complications or side affects if it isn't well controlled. We encourage anyone with diabetes to learn about the disease and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to speaking with your doctor, you can find a wealth of information online. Some of our favorite resources are listed below:

Get Active With Diabetes | Know your Blood Sugar Numbers | Tips to Stay Healthy

Additional Resources:
American Diabetes Association

High Blood Pressure (Information Coming Soon)

In 2010 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the recommendation to ALL persons age 6 months and older should receive the annual influenza vaccination.In 2010 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the recommendation to ALL persons age 6 months and older should receive the annual influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccine: What you Need to Know

Mental Health
If you, a member of your family or loved one have had a hospitalization for a mental health diagnosis, a follow-up visit with a behavioral health care provider within seven (7) days of discharge is considered the standard for quality of care. When a follow-up appointment is kept within this timeframe, studies show members are two times less likely to be readmitted to the hospital.

Questions & Answers

Prenatal/Postnatal Care (Information Coming Soon)



1 American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011.

Information found on this page is strictly informational and general in nature. It is not a substitute for medical care. It is not meant to replace consultation with and/or advice of qualified health care professionals. Please discuss any health care needs with your doctor or other health care provider. Links to other web sites are provided solely for your convenience and their inclusion does not constitute or imply endorsement by Resurrection Physicians Provider Group, Inc. We do not guarantee the accuracy, validity, or completeness of the material contained on these websites.


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