Disease Screening

Disease Screening services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Disease screening is vital to maintaining health and well-being. Finding health issues during the early stages may prevent the onset of disease or related complications. At his hybrid clinic, David L. Howard, MD, Ph.D., in Las Vegas, Nevada, the highly skilled board-certified physician offers virtual or in-office disease screening and in-office lab testing. To schedule an appointment with David Howard, MD, Ph.D., call the office or book online today.

Disease Screening Q&A

What is disease screening?

Disease screening refers to various medical tests that look for common chronic health conditions before you have symptoms. When found during the early stages, diseases are easier to treat.

Additionally, disease screening may identify early warning signs of a disease, which may give you time to make lifestyle changes to prevent the disease altogether. 

Dr. Howard takes a proactive and progressive approach to primary care. Through his hybrid clinic, he meets with you to discuss health and disease screening needs through telehealth and then sends you to the office for lab testing or at an in-person consultation. 

When do I need disease screening?

Dr. Howard determines when you need disease screening. He may recommend screenings based on your age, personal medical history, family history, or lifestyle.

He recommends certain disease screenings at specific ages based on the usual age of onset of these diseases. For example, adults should start colon cancer screenings around age 45 or sooner for those with risk factors. The risk of colon cancer increases as you get older. 

The recommendation for women to start mammograms for breast cancer screenings is between age 40 and 44.

What disease screening tests do I need?

Dr. Howard determines the type of disease screening tests you need after your consultation. Common disease screening tests include:

  • Lipid profile to check for high cholesterol
  • Comprehensive metabolic profile (CMP) to screen for kidney disease
  • Blood sugar test for diabetes
  • Pap smear for cervical cancer
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Mammogram

The office of David L. Howard, MD, Ph.D., also offers sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing.

Disease screenings occur at the office in Las Vegas. Lab testing may include urinalysis, stool testing, blood work, or the collection of cervical cells (for Pap smear). Dr. Howard may refer you to other diagnostic centers for a mammogram or colonoscopy.

What happens after disease screening?

After your disease screening, the office of David L. Howard, MD, Ph.D., contacts you with the results of your tests and provides recommendations. 

In most cases, Dr. Howard recommends lifestyle changes, including eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise to improve overall health and reduce the risk of disease. He may recommend specific treatments or additional testing based on the results of your disease screening.

To schedule your disease screening at the office of David L. Howard, MD, Ph.D., call or book online today.