Preventative Medicine

Preventative Medicine for Adults

Preventative/Routine Appointments

LMG Scranton Physicians and staff are available to help you or your loved ones achieve excellent preventative care.  At LMG, we can assist you with body composition measurements, colorectal cancer awareness and screening, lipid and lipoprotein disorders, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, and weight management and maintenance. Preventative medicine is championed by LMG Scranton Physicians, who stress preventive care as part of their commitment to providing complete and affordable family-oriented care to those who live in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Leading the way at LMG in preventative care is Dr. Jila Kaberi-Otarod. Dr. Otarod also serves as the Director of the Nutrition Clinic at the Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Otarod completed a Fellowship in Nutrition at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and is recognized for her expertise by the National Board of Nutrition Support Physician, American Board of Physicians Nutrition Specialist and American Board of Clinical Lipidology.

Dr. Otarod is currently accepting new patients, please call (570) 961-0171 to make an appointment with her.

Primary Prevention

LMG physicians can help you with primary preventative care which is defined as intervention to prevent disease in individuals before the  disease develops.

Secondary Prevention

LMG physicians can help you with secondary preventative care which is defined as intervention to prevent progression and/or recurrence of the disease in individuals with diagnosis of the disease.

Body Composition

The maintenance of a healthy body composition can be achieved by a healthy lifestyle and diet. A healthy body composition prevents cardiovascular disease and other serious and chronic health problems.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer, often referred to as colon cancer, is the third leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with regular screening, and is curable with early detection. As a result, the most important you need to know about Colorectal Cancer Screening is that IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. A Colorectal Cancer Screen can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. A Colorectal Cancer Screen can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

Who Will Perform My Colorectal Cancer Screen and Where Will It Take Place?

Dr. Charles Grad, Scranton Gastroenterologist of LMG will perform your Colorectal Cancer Screen. Dr. Grad has over thirty years of experience in performing Colorectal Cancer Screen, and is the Director of the Gastroenterology Department at Community Medical Center (“CMC”) located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Your Colorectal Cancer Screen will be performed at CMC.

When Should I Begin to Get Colorectal Cancer Screen?

Most people can begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50. However if you are aware of a family history of colon cancer, you should consult your primary care doctor because some individuals require screening as early as 30  and/or need to be screened more often.

Please talk with your primary care doctor  about colorectal cancer screening if:

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.
  • You have genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.

Do I Need a Referral to Get a Colorectal Cancer Screen?

For most people, it is not mandatory to get a referral in order to get a Colorectal Cancer Screen. However, most Colorectal Cancer Screens are completed in connection with or as part of a health maintenance program established by a patient’s primary care physician. If you have any questions, please call our office at (570) 961-0171, and the staff of LMG will be happy to assist you.

Lipid and Lipoprotein Disorders

Lipid and lipoprotein disorders are referred to the group of disorders of fat and cholesterol metabolism which predispose  individuals to cardiovascular disease. Diagnosis, treatment and follow ups of these disorders are an essential part of primary and secondary prevention of heart and vascular diseases and stroke.

Nutrition Counseling

Healthy nutrition is a part of a comprehensive lifestyle modification in preventive medicine. Nutrition counseling may be needed for individualized education and care plan.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -known as COPD- and lung cancer. Smoking cessation is a part of both primary and secondary prevention.

Weight Management and Maintenance

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of preventive medicine and a healthy lifestyle. Being over or underweight increases the risk of cardiac disease, Diabetes and so many other chronic diseases as well as mortality.