Your risk for developing heart disease can be detected by measuring your cholesterol levels via a blood draw (preferably in the fasting state).
A rectal exam is used to detect occult bleeding and can help determine your risk for colon cancer. We may also refer you to a gastroenterology specialist who can perform a screening colonoscopy, the gold standard test for diagnosing colon cancer.
Genital human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted viral infection. There are more than 40 different kinds of HPV that can infect the genitalia, mouth and throats of men and women.
More than 20 million people in the United States are infected with HPV, with an estimated six million people becoming infected each year. It is estimated that at least half of all sexually active people will contract HPV at some point in their lives.
There are currently two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, available to protect against high-risk types of HPV. Gardasil, the first HPV vaccine, targets the types of HPV that cause genital warts. Cervarix helps protect women from cervical cancer.
Since the HPV vaccine became available in 2006, we have been able to vaccinate women against the virus responsible for genital warts and cervical cancer.