Adventist Health Bakersfield | You + Us | Summer 2019
3 Need a primary care doctor? We can help you find one. Call 855-448-0067 . Sources: American Cancer Society; American Diabetes Association; American Heart Association; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Age Recommended tests Chlamydia and gonorrhea Be screened yearly through age 24 if sexually active. 20 Blood pressure Be screened at least every 2 years. Cholesterol Be screened every 4 to 6 years. 21 Cervical cancer Have a Pap test every 3 years. 25 Chlamydia and gonorrhea Continue screening if at increased risk for infection. 30 Cervical cancer Have a Pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years (preferred) or a Pap test every 3 years.* 45 Breast cancer Start having mammograms. Colorectal cancer Talk with your doctor about screening options. Diabetes Be screened at least every 3 years (or start earlier based on risk factors). 55 Lung cancer Be screened yearly based on your history of smoking. 65 Osteoporosis Start screening (or start earlier based on risk factors). *Women who have been screened regularly and have had normal results may choose to stop screening at age 66. These recommendations are for most women. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you. 10 topics to ask about Primary care doctors do more than diagnose and treat you when you’re sick. They can recommend screenings, vaccines and other services to help keep you well. For instance, every woman should ask her doctor how often she needs: 1 Blood work 2 Immunizations 3 A heart disease assessment 4 A full-body skin exam 5 Thyroid and diabetes screenings 6 A mental health screening 7 A pelvic exam (Pap test) 8 A clinical breast exam or mammogram 9 A dental checkup 10 An eye exam While not all of these services are performed by a primary care doctor, your doctor can recommend providers when needed. Getting to know you Dr. Mangat urges women to talk openly with their doctors. “If you hold back from talking to your doctor, we can’t help,” she says. “My role as a doctor is to help each person to the best of my ability.” In other words, your primary care doctor is there for you, so you can be there for the ones you love—for a long time to come. Amolika Mangat, MD, is an internal medicine doctor, sometimes called a general internist. She provides primary care and preventive care for adults of all ages. She enjoys interacting with her patients and speaks several languages, including Hindi and Punjabi. She was inspired to become a doctor when her older sister passed away from a heart condition, which at the time could not be treated. Dr. Mangat is part of the Adventist Health Physicians Network/ Coffey Road office in Bakersfield. Bahareh Ghafarizadeh, MD, is an internal medicine doctor who enjoys all aspects of patient care. Her specialty allows her to apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the board, from wellness to complex illness. Dr. Ghafarizadeh is part of the Adventist Health Physicians Network/Chester office in Bakersfield. Here for you Caring for women. To make an appointment with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Ghafarizadeh, call 855-448-0067 . WOMEN: WHEN TO START KEY SCREENINGS Excellence is our everyday endeavor.