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Preventive Care

Emilio Gutierrez MD

Family Medicine located in Austin, TX

If you want to stay healthy, gain easy access to health care, and reduce your overall medical costs, invest your time in preventive care. At his office in Austin, Texas, Emilio Gutierrez, MD, offers a variety of preventive care services, including cancer screenings, well visits, and chronic care management. Put your health first, and schedule a preventive care appointment with Dr. Gutierrez online or over the phone today.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

As its name implies, preventive care is health care that doctors provide in order to prevent and control health problems. In contrast, diagnostic care is the care that doctors provide in response to symptoms of illness or disease. 

Preventive care allows doctors to catch illnesses and diseases at early stages, or before they develop. It also allows them to keep preexisting conditions from developing further complications.

What types of preventive care are there?

Dr. Gutierrez provides preventive care via various screenings, immunizations, and health checkups. 

Your preventive care needs differ depending on your age, sex, health history, and risk factors. Examples of common preventive care services that you or your loved one may seek at different points include:

  • Cholesterol screening (ages 40 to 75)
  • Booster shots (all ages and sexes)
  • Wellness visits (all ages and sexes)
  • Flu shots (everyone, especially children and the elderly)
  • Vision screening (children)
  • STD testing (sexually active men and women)

In addition to screenings, vaccinations, and the like, Dr. Gutirrez offers counseling and chronic care management. Examples of preventive counseling include:

  • Falls prevention counseling
  • Prenatal counseling
  • Diet behavioral counseling

Chronic care management helps prevent your disease from advancing or taking over your life.

Do I need a cancer screening?

Cancer screening, no matter your lifestyle habits, is always a good idea. At different ages, and depending on your sex, Dr. Gutirrez recommends a few different types of cancer screenings. 

For example, sexually active women and women between the ages of 21 and 65 typically need cervical cancer screening via a Pap smear every three years.

Other important cancer screenings include:

  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Breast cancer screening 
  • Skin cancer screening

The cancer screenings you require and the frequency with which you require them varies if you have a history of cancer, or lifestyle risk factors like a history of smoking.

No matter your age, sex, background, the details of your health history or your lifestyle, preventive care has a place in your life. 

You can start making wellness a priority today by booking an appointment for preventive care with Dr. Gutierrez. Schedule your visit by calling his office or using the online booking tool.