Preventive Screenings Specialist

Care and Cure AZ

Sandhya Venugopal, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

Preventive screening is an integral part of your long-term health and wellness. At Care and Cure AZ in Phoenix, Arizona, compassionate primary care physician Sandhya Venugopal, MD, offers wide-ranging preventive screening. She screens for chronic conditions and diseases including diabetes, hypertension, and many others based on your age, health, and individual needs. Call the office or use online booking to set up your appointment now.

Preventive Screenings Q&A

What is preventive screening?

Preventive screening means checkups and tests that evaluate your risk for illness and disease. There are dozens of different preventive screenings, including: 

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Breast cancer 
  • Colon cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Dr. Venugopal performs a wide range of screenings in the office at Care and Cure AZ.

What is the purpose of preventive screenings?

Just as the name implies, preventive screenings help you prevent serious illness. Preventive screenings allow for early diagnosis, in many cases even before you experience any symptoms of disease. 

With an early diagnosis, you can take action to prevent illness. For example, if preventive screening shows that you’re at-risk for Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Venugopal can help you with weight management and other changes to prevent diabetes. 

With many diseases and conditions, the best treatment is prevention — and that’s exactly the goal at Care and Cure AZ. 

How do preventive screenings work?

At Care and Cure AZ, Dr. Venugopal performs preventive screenings during your checkup, well woman exam, or other routine care. With some preventive screenings, you simply answer questions and possibly take a blood or urine test. 

With other types of preventive screenings, you need to have a procedure. Dr. Venugopal refers to nearby facilities for the following preventive screening procedures:

  • Mammogram
  • Bone mineral density testing (DEXA scan)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Cancer screening

Your preventive screening procedure may include special preparation, such as fasting or eating a special diet for at least eight hours prior to your procedure. Dr. Venugopal informs you of any special preparation needed when you schedule your procedure.
 

How often should I have preventive screenings?

Preventive screening frequency depends on your age, risk factors, existing health conditions, and other individual factors. Most men and women should have a physical exam a minimum of once a year. If you already have a chronic condition, you might need more frequent screenings.

At Care and Cure AZ, you get access to a caring and compassionate physician who can implement preventive care measures like screening to help you stay healthy. Use the online scheduling tool or call the Phoenix office to arrange your appointment now.