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.

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.

 

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.

COULD YOU HAVE LOW TESTOSTERONE (LOW T)?

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.

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

 

Hypertension – High Blood Pressure Treatment

hypertensionHypertension is a disorder characterized by chronically high blood pressure. It must be monitored, treated and controlled by medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of both.

A good article on the definition of Hypertension – causes, symptons, and treatment options can be found in the A.D.A.M. Medical Encylopedia.

Dr. Victoria Dooley of Northville-Novi Family Medicine can provide the proper diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition.

At Northville-Novi Family Medicine, we offer preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services for a wide array of acute and chronic problems.

Call Today to Schedule and Appointment (248) 946-4905.

Northville Novi Family Medicine – Accepting New Patients

Northville Novi Family MedicineAt Northville Novi Family Medicine, we treat family members of ALL AGES, from toddlers through senior years.

Dr. Dooley manages chronic diseases, such as Hypertension, Diabetes, and COPD, in addition to providing medical care for acute health problems including sinus infections, colds & flu, headaches, etc.

We are equipped to perform:

  • Pap Smears
  • EKG’s
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Laceration Repair (stitches)
  • Adult Physicals
  • Sports Physicals
  • Immunizations

AND MORE! Now Accepting New Patients. Call Today (248) 946-4905

Family Doctor in Northville – Novi Michigan

There’s a new doctor in town. Dr. Victoria Dooley celebrated the opening of Northville-Novi Family Medicine, located on Novi Road between Eight and Nine Mile roads, with a red ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

The practice offers a wide range of preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for patents, specializing in help with acute and chronic medical problems.

Novi Economic Development Director Ara Topouzian, Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Staudt and members of the Novi Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new business with a luncheon at the office.

To read this article featured in the Novi Patch – click here

 

Free Flu Shots – Novi MI

free-flu-shots-novi-miFlu season starts in September.  Be sure to get your Flu shots from Sept-April every year.

Dr. Victoria Dooley reminds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone 6 months and older should get a yearly shot to prevent seasonal influenza. Those with chronic diseases are especially in need, she said.

Her office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but she recommends calling ahead to check on availability at 248-946-4905.

To view an article by the Novi Patch – click here.