Early Detection of Cancer

Some types of cancer – including breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung – have tests that are able to detect them early, when they are more easily treated.

Breast Cancer:
Early detection of breast cancer is key to survival.
With regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an earlier stage, when it is most treatable
The five-year survival rate among women whose breast cancer has not spread beyond the breast at the time of diagnosis is 98.6%.

Cervical Cancer:

  • Most cervical cancer in the United States could be prevented by ensuring that the HPV vaccine (safe, proven, and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is more widely utilized and given at the recommended age of 11-12 years in girls (can be given through age 26)
  • The Pap test for cervical cancer, is recommended to begin at age 21
  • More than half of cervical cancer deaths are seen in women who have either never had a Pap test, or have not had testing in more than five years.
  • The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent a number of cancers and is also recommended for boys ages 11-12 (can be given through age 26)

Colorectal Cancer:

  • Risk increases after age 50 – talk with your doctor about getting tested
  • If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or pre-cancerous polyps, talk with your doctor about starting testing before age 50
  • Many cases of colorectal cancer have no symptoms, especially early on, when it can be prevented or more effectively treated.

Lung Cancer:

  • Lung cancer Is by far the leading cause of cancer death, among both men and women, in the U.S. and Michigan
  • The best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke
  • Based on recent scientific data, some cancer organizations are encouraging people who may be at high risk for lung cancer to talk with their doctor about being screened – people at highest risk include those that: currently smoke or have quit smoking less than 15 years ago; have at least a 30 pack-year history of smoking and; are 55-74 years of age.
  • Doctors should talk to patients about the benefits, limitations, and potential harms of lung cancer screening.

Benefits of Healthy Eating

Dr. Victoria Dooley MD discusses the benefits of healthy eating on the program “Common Knowledge” sponsored by the city of Novi television:


Healthy habits can help prevent certain health conditions–such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure–by boosting high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreasing unhealthy triglycerides. This combination keeps your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular diseases. The Mayo Clinic says that regular physical activity and proper diet can help you prevent or manage a wide range of other health problems, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, and arthritis.

Parent Tips for Newborns

Posted September 13th, 2013 by Northville-Novi-Family-Medicine and filed in Family Doctor Northville, Family Doctor Novi, Infant Care, Newborn Baby TIps

Dr. Victoria Dooley of St. John Health System gives parents tips on  what to expect when they bring baby home from the hospital

Tips for Parents who have Children with Asthma

Posted September 13th, 2013 by Northville-Novi-Family-Medicine and filed in Family Doctor Northville

According to the CDC, over 7 million children in the U.S. currently have asthma, a chronic respiratory illness which is the #1 illness that causes children to miss days of school. Experts warn that children with asthma are nearly twice as likely to visit emergency rooms for asthma attacks when school starts, than during any other time of the year.

Allergies, exposure to viruses such as the common cold from classmates, chalk dust, exercise, and even back-to-school related stress can trigger asthma to flare. By identifying your child’s asthma triggers, you can work with your doctor to create an Asthma Action Plan to help keep them free of symptoms this fall.

An Asthma Action Plan is a written plan that you develop with your child’s doctor to help control your child’s asthma. It can help you learn how to identify when your child’s asthma is getting worse, so that you can treat it before they require hospitalization.

If you have a child with asthma, you should make an appointment with Dr. Dooley to be evaluated right away, even if they are not currently having symptoms.


More on Whooping Cough Vaccine and Z Pack Warnings

Posted May 9th, 2013 by Northville-Novi-Family-Medicine and filed in Family Doctor Northville, Family Doctor Novi

Testosterone Treatments in Novi – Northville MI

testosterone-treatments-novi-northville-miDo you have:

  • Reduced Sex Drive?
  • Decreased Energy?
  • Unwanted Body Changes?
  • Mood Changes?
  • Sexual Dysfunction?

Stop living in the shadows. You may be suffering from low testosterone levels.

Low testosterone, or Low T, can be caused by a medical condition called hypogonadism (hi-po-go-na-dizm) and can cause symptoms such as: reduced sex drive, reduced energy, and sexual dysfunction, among others. It’s estimated to affect millions of men in the U.S.


Are you one of the millions of men who may have Low T?

The Low T quiz can help you find out if you may have low T and if you should talk to your doctor.

To Take the Low T Quiz – CLICK HERE

If you feel you’re experiencing the signs and/or symptoms of Low T, contact Dr. Victoria Dooley at Northville-Novi Family Medicine to learn more about all the signs and symptoms of Low T and see if you should be tested.

Urgent Care & Same Day Sick Visits

Dr. Dooley can treat migraines; colds; flu; bladder infections; lacerations (cuts) requiring stitches; etc.  We understand that these problems may arise suddenly and need urgent attention.

Although Northville-Novi Family Medicine is not a traditional walk-in urgent care facility, Dr. Dooley offers same day, evening, and weekend appointments for your urgent health needs.  These appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling us at (248) 946-4905, though we will often be able to accommodate you with an urgent appointment with very limited notice.

We accept most insurance plans.  However, if you have a Medicaid, Blue Care Network (BCN), an HMO, or similar plan you will NOT be able to see Dr. Dooley unless she is assigned as your primary care physician (PCP).   As always, uninsured patients who are paying cash will be given a significant discount when payment is made at the time of service.  We will work with you to provide affordable medical treatment!

Call now to determine if we can schedule an urgent visit for you.  (248) 946-4905

Dr. Dooley Offers Cosmetic Services

Posted January 13th, 2013 by Northville-Novi-Family-Medicine and filed in Cosmetic Services, Family Doctor Northville, Family Doctor Novi

Botox® Juvéderm® Cosmetic Fillers in Northville NoviDr. Dooley is a board-certified physician.  She completes numerous in-office procedures including cosmetic services such as Botox® and Juvéderm®.

Botox® can be used to erase wrinkles from your forehead area and around your eyes.  The results typically last from 3-4 months.   It is not permanent; and its effects will be most beneficial if you consistently get it done 3-4 times per year.  It can also be used for non-cosmetic purposes, such as to treat medical conditions like chronic migraines; blepharospasm (involuntary eyelid movements); and cervical dystonia.

Juvéderm® is an FDA-approved injectable filler used to correct facial wrinkles and folds.  It can smooth facial wrinkles, smile lines, and create plumper lips through lip enhancement.  Its effects can last up to one year.

Dr. Dooley is a board-certified medical doctor (MD) who has extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the face and has completed comprehensive cosmetic training.  Please call us at 248-946-4905 if you would like to schedule a free consultation.


Sports Physicals 50% Off

sports-physical-northville-novi-plymouth-farmington-miA sports physical exam is different from your annual physical or well-child exam.  During sports physicals, the doctor’s emphasis is to identify any potential medical problems that would put your child at increased risk of injury, harm, or death during sports.  Since most sudden deaths in adolescent athletes are caused by heart conditions, the physical exam and medical history will place an emphasis on the heart and family history of heart disease. 

Your child may be at risk for adverse outcomes related to sports if they experience shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, or fainting during sports.  However, many athletes will have no symptoms at all.   Sudden death in adolescent athletes is extremely rare; the pre-participation sports physical can help you determine your child’s risk.

Dr. Dooley is currently offering a 50% discount on sports or camp physicals if you mention this blog.  Call us today to schedule a sports or camp physical.  (248) 946-4905


Northville-Novi Family Medicine Offers Evening & Weekend Appointments

At Northville-Novi Family Medicine, we understand that is it often difficult to get to a doctor’s appointment during traditional business hours.  We are often able to accommodate most evening appointment requests, and schedule Saturday appointments at least once monthly.

Currently, we are accepting appointments for Saturday, January 13, 2013.

We are proud to serve the healthcare needs of Northville, Novi, Plymouth, Farmington, Livonia, and surrounding communities.

Call now to schedule your evening or weekend appointment.  (248) 946-4905