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Screening 101: What Health Screening Tests Do You Need and Why?

Primary Care PhysicianHealth screening tests can seem like a nuisance: You need to schedule an appointment, take time out of your day and wait to see a provider. But, they are so much more. Health screenings are a way for you to take control of your own health. An annual exam with a primary care provider gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns, your family history and past or current medical conditions.

These annual tests and exams can equip you with the information and education you need to make healthy choices that last a lifetime, allowing you to enjoy life to its fullest. There are many screenings available. Your primary care provider will discuss which are best for you based on your family and medical history. Those screening tests may include:

  • Annual physical
  • Annual eye exam
  • Cancer screenings
  • Sexually transmitted infection screenings

Annual Physical Examination

The best place to start with annual screenings is with your annual physical exam. This appointment gives you the opportunity to talk with your primary care provider – sharing any concerns and getting answers to any questions you may have. It also allows your provider to check in on any other conditions you may have – from high blood pressure, depression, anxiety or diabetes. During your annual exam, you may also receive:

  • Blood tests to check blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Immunizations, such as the flu shot
  • Pelvic exam (women)
  • Weight, blood pressure and temperature check
  • Screening questions about depression, smoking, and alcohol use

Your provider will also recommend any additional screenings based on your family and medical history. Sharing an updated history with your physician is important as family history often indicates an increased risk for developing certain conditions, such as cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Annual Eye Exam

If you have diabetes, you should schedule an annual eye exam. Make going to the eye doctor a priority. Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk for eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataract and glaucoma. Your eye doctor will conduct special tests to check the health of your eyes to keep you seeing well for as long as possible.

Cancer Screenings

Cancer screenings can vary across individuals, depending on their age, risk factors and family and medical history. Research has shown that some screening tests can reduce cancer deaths. According to the National Cancer Institute, those include:

• Colonoscopy – Screenings for colon cancer, including colonoscopy and other indirect colon cancer tests, can diagnose early stage colon cancer and precancerous cells, which can be removed to prevent cancer from developing.

• Low-dose CT scanIndividuals at risk for developing lung cancer should have a low-dose CT scan, which can detect and diagnose lung cancer. Early detection – before symptoms appear – can reduce lung cancer deaths.

• Mammogram – The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for mammogram to detect early stage breast cancer in asymptomatic average-risk women:

  • Women ages 40-44 should have the choice to start annual mammograms after discussion with their provider.
  • Women ages 45-54 should have an annual mammogram.
  • Women ages 55 and older should have mammograms every two years.

• Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing – Cervical cancer death rates have dropped dramatically since regular Pap test screening was introduced. Today, most health professionals recommend that Pap testing begin at age 21 and occur every 5 years if done with HPV testing.

Your provider may also discuss screenings for skin cancer and prostate cancer, depending on your age and risk factors.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening

If you’re sexually active, talk to your doctor about getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). An open and honest conversation can help you and your doctor identify your risk and get you the information and tests you need to stay healthy.

Some individuals with an STI, such as HPV or chlamydia, may show no symptoms but can still infect others. Left untreated, these infections can have serious complications on your physical, emotional and reproductive health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends STI screenings for the following individuals:

• Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings for all sexually active women under age 25 and older women with risk factors

• Chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings for pregnant women at risk for infection

• HIV screenings at least once for everyone ages 13-64

  • HIV testing should be done more frequently for those at risk, including those who have more than one partner or use IV drugs.

• Syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for all sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

• Syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B screenings for all pregnant women

Emory Healthcare is committed to providing confidential and accessible STI testing at sites across metropolitan Atlanta. We partner with organizations around the community to deliver family planning, sexual education and sexually transmitted infection screenings and resources.

Emory Healthcare

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About Dr. Vohra-Khullar

Pamela Vohra-Khullar, MD, joined Emory in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. She is also distinguished as a Senior Physician in clinical medicine. She splits her time between primary care clinic at The Emory Clinic and resident education at Grady Memorial Hospital. She completed medical school at the University of Chicago in 2005 and residency at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2008. She serves as the site director for the Primary Care Resident Clinic at The Emory Clinic. Her educational interests include ambulatory teaching and patient-doctor communication. Her clinical interests include preventive medicine, women’s health, and comprehensive chronic disease management.


Book Your November Cardiovascular Screening Before the Fall’s End!

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with our mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of November. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood.

Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at

November 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • November 1, Kroger, 4045 Marietta Highway, Canton
  • November 3, CVS, 2305 Highway 34 East, Newnan
  • November 4, Rite Aid, 1550 Kennesaw Due West Road NW, Kennesaw
  • November 4, CVS, 3285 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs
  • November 4, Kroger, 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas
  • November 5, Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, 5605 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain
  • November 6, Rite Aid, 2113 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna
  • November 6, The Fresh Market, 100 N Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City
  • November 7, Kroger, 4357 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker
  • November 7, Walmart Supercenter, 600 Carrollton Villa Rica Highway, Villa Rica
  • November 8, Publix, 13015 Brown Bridge Road, Covington
  • November 10, CVS, 2305 Highway 34 East, Newnan
  • November 10, CVS, 202 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville
  • November 11, Kroger, 1355 S. Park Street, Carrollton
  • November 11, Kroger, 2205 Lavista Road NE, Atlanta
  • November 12, Kroger, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta
  • November 12, Kroger, 12050 Georgia 92, Woodstock
  • November 13, Walgreens, 10 East May Street, Winder
  • November 13, The Fresh Market, 5515 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
  • November 14, Just Fitness 4U Marietta, 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta
  • November 14, CVS, 13 North Tennessee Street, Cartersville
  • November 15, CVS, 1140 N Hairston Road, Stone Mountain
  • November 15, Kroger, 6001 Cumming Highway, Buford
  • November 17, Best Buy, 1709 Scenic Highway S, Snellville
  • November 17, Pacifica Senior Living Roswell, 11725 Pointe Place, Roswell
  • November 18, CVS, 5764 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta
  • November 18, Target, 5950 State Bridge Road, Duluth
  • November 19, Walgreens, 4075 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw
  • November 19, Super Target, 1850 Jonesboro Road, McDonough
  • November 20, CVS, 6330 Roswell Road, Atlanta
  • November 21, CVS, 2586 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur
  • November 22, Walgreens, 2365 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville
  • November 24, Kroger, 720 Commerce Drive, Decatur
  • November 25, Kroger, 4920 Roswell Road, Atlanta
  • November 26, Kroger, 1690 Powder Springs Road SE, Marietta

For more information on screening options and/or to schedule your screening appointment, visit

Emory Healthcare Partners with National Testing Provider, HealthFair

Mobile Health Screening Bus

Emory Healthcare is pleased to announce a new partnership with HealthFair – a national testing provider that brings convenient and affordable health testing to community neighborhoods via its mobile screening buses. HealthFair is a Joint Commission-accredited mobile screening company that works with academic medical centers as well as community hospitals across the United States.

Beginning January 2014, Emory Healthcare will collaborate with HealthFair to provide cardiovascular screenings to organizations and communities in the Atlanta area. Mammography screenings will be available in the Spring of 2014.

Screening plans are tailored to the needs of the participant, and all tests are read and evaluated by Emory Healthcare physicians. This collaboration will provide metro Atlanta communities with greater access to important screening services and to Emory Healthcare physicians and providers.

Upcoming screening dates and locations:

  • January 20, Rite Aid – Kennesaw
  • January 21, LA Fitness – Douglasville
  • January 22, Fitness 19 – Woodstock
  • January 23, Walgreens – Atlanta
  • January 24, CVS – Dacula
  • January 25, Just Fitness 4U – Marietta
  • January 27, Publix – Powder Springs
  • January 28, Parc at Piedmont East Cobb – Marietta
  • January 29, Dogwood Forest- Fayetteville
  • January 30, Kroger – Atlanta
  • January 31, Walgreens – Kennesaw
  • February 1, Publix – Covington
  • February 4, Walgreens – Alpharetta

For more information on the different screening options and/or to schedule your screening appointment, visit

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Join Us for Ladies Night Out

ladies night out flyerEmory Johns Creek Hospital is hosting a Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Physicians’ Plaza. Join us for free health screenings, casual conversations with physicians over dessert and coffee, and a chance to win door prizes. In celebration and recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll be hosting a special breast cancer awareness and prevention panel with physicians at 7pm.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 678.474.8200 to register. This event is presented in partnership with the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties.

Also, be sure to check out some of our upcoming informational seminars and the awareness events being offered by our family at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Bariatric Surgery
October 16 and November 7, 8, 14 and 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Suite 109.

Childbirth Preparation Class

Classes are held as a four-week series on Thursdays or one full-day class on Sunday, October 14, Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, December 2. The next four-week series begins October 25. Meeting Room 3.

Breast-feeding Class
Classes are held every three weeks on a Saturday. Fall classes will be held October 20, November 17 and December 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meeting Room 3.

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