Cancer Screening Q & A
Why should I undergo cancer screenings?
Cancer prevention should start early and continue for life. For many common types of cancer, screenings can save lives. Screenings can protect you from common cancers such as:
The goal of screening is to reduce the number of people who die from the disease and prevent cancer deaths altogether. Screening is also an effective way to reduce the number of people who develop the disease.
Symptoms of cancer often don’t show up until it’s progressed and is much harder to treat. Catching cancer early can allow for a better chance of a positive resolution.
What are common cancer screening tests?
At Sole Health Medical Center, the doctors conduct or arrange the following:
Pap tests to check for cervical cancer
Mammograms, which check for breast cancer
Colonoscopies to check for signs of colon cancer
PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening tests to find cancer of the prostate
Low dose computed tomography (CT) scans for lung cancer
Clinical tests for prostate cancer, in which the doctor examines a man’s rectum to identify abnormalities, and clinical breast exams to feel for irregularities on a womens’ breasts are also effective.
The doctors can help you understand if you’re at an at-risk age or have a family or personal history that makes these screenings a high priority.
What other screenings for cancer are available?
At Sole Health Medical Center, you may also undergo blood tests to check for other cancers. These can check for genetic markers that indicate a potential risk or development of cancer.
During a comprehensive physical exam, the doctors at Sole Health Medical Center also feel for any lumps or abnormalities on your neck and check your mouth and nose for cancerous lesions.
For information about cancer screenings, contact Sole Health Medical Center or schedule an appointment using the online tool.