July Patient Newsletter Orange County

More Access to Online Appointment Booking 

More access to reserving your appointment online! Caduceus has expanded the service for patients to book primary care, pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, and specialty visits with your preferred physician or advanced care practitioner. Save yourself a phone call and reserve the time and date that works best for YOU*.  We have just added the following specialties:

-ENT (Ear, Nose, & Throat)
-Endocrinology
-General Surgery
-Nephrology
-Oncology
-Pain Management 
-Plastic Surgery 
-Pulmonology

*Some restrictions apply by health plan.
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Are you Protecting Yourself Against UV Rays?

July is UV safety awareness month. During the sunny summer months and much desired beach time, a lot of emphasis is placed on protecting our skin and eyes from Ultraviolet (UV) rays. Many of us know that overexposure to UV rays from the sun during the summer months can cause severe skin and eye injuries, including sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on our eyes - including cancer. In the continental U.S., the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure and are at their greatest intensity during the late spring and early summer. Skin screenings can detect melanoma and other skin cancers early. Skin cancer screening exams are the best way to catch melanoma and other skin cancers early, when they're easiest to treat.

Did you know we offer complimentary skin screens every Saturday 9-3?  

Skin screenings are available on Saturdays at the following locations:
-PDQ Urgent Care and More Chino Hills
-PDQ Urgent Care and More Yorba Linda
-PDQ Urgent Care and More in Orange
-Caduceus on Thalia in Laguna Beach

Live chat to reserve a Saturday screening and walk-ins are also welcome!
Long Haul Covid Treatment 

The Omicron BA.5 variant is now the most dominant strain of COVID-19 and more people appear to be contracting the virus multiple times in relatively quick succession. Recent studies suggest that people who get sick multiple times may have a higher risk of long-COVID symptoms.  People with long COVID, or “long-haulers,” may experience new, returning, or ongoing health problems four or more weeks after first being infected.  Some of these symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, palpitations, and impairments in mental health and cognition. Our Covid treatment team is here to help! Book a visit in-office or by telehealth to discuss your options and to see if you are a good candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment. You can email or call our Covid hotline at 714-984-3076. 

On-site Covid Testing for Your Business, School or Organization in Orange County


For the first time since last November, Orange County is back in the less restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system and we are happy to announce at Caduceus, we have ALSO resumed taking on new clients! 

The shift means many local businesses and activities in Orange County can resume operations or expand their capacity, impacting gyms, restaurants and movie theaters. It also means middle and high schools that didn’t open previously can begin to offer on-site instruction and sports with modifications. It is now more important than ever for businesses, schools, and other organizations to schedule Covid diagnostic and/or antibody testing for your employees/students.

Our corporate wellness mobile testing team is available to come to your business or school Tuesdays and Thursdays for on-site testing. 

We also offer a Covid-19 continuity program to re-test/screen employee/student health status, including ongoing access to telehealth video visits to help maintain staffing and productivity levels.

Learn more and review our corporate Covid-19 testing options and pricing packages.

If preferred you can refer your employees or students to one of our testing sites. Currently we offer testing at our Yorba Linda, Orange, Irvine, and Laguna Beach locations. 

If you are interested in more information about our corporate Covid-19 testing programs or would like to arrange testing for your employees, email or call 714-646-8058.  

Current 2022 Caduceus Screening and Testing Guidelines

Our physicians, Medical Director Nathaniel DeNicola MD, and Chief Medical Officer Gregg DeNicola MD recommend the following medical screenings and testing for our patients this year:

ROUTINE LAB TESTING-

Ages 21,30,35, and every other year between 40 and 50, and annually over 50. (including lipids, A1C, PSA, thyroid, blood count and general chemistries).

PAP SMEARS-

Age 21, then ACOG guidelines: Age 21-29: Pap every 3 years, HPV not recommended.

Age 30-65: Pap & HPV every five years.

MAMMOGRAMS-

Every other year starting at age 40 until age 50 and then annually. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

COLONOSCOPY-

Every 10 years beginning at age 45. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

DEXASCAN-

In females every 1-2 years after menopause or age 50, whichever is first.

ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM-

Screening abdominal ultrasound for men ages 65-75 with a history of tobacco use.

SKIN CHECKS-

Annually if you are a high risk (otherwise it will be part of your annual physical exam)- History of severe atypia, personal history of skin cancer, first degree relative with melanoma, history of prolonged sun exposure or sunburns, fair skin, blonde/red hair or blue/green eyes.