Recommended Cancer Screening and Testing
A cancer screening can be completed before the person shows any signs of having cancer. Such screenings may be necessary when certain cancers run in the family or when the person is in a high-risk group. These screenings can detect certain cancers before any symptoms show up, so if cancer is identified, it can be treated effectively. Treatment is more likely to work best when the cancer is found early.
It is important to always get checked when there is a chance of having cancer. Speaking with our office about any symptoms or concerns that you may have is recommended. We can provide more information about the screenings and testings that may be necessary, based on those symptoms or concerns.
Recommended cancer screening tests
There are many cancer screening tests that are approved by physicians. The following cancers are more common, and when found early enough, the chances for remission are substantially increased.
Regular pap smear tests can detect any abnormal cells on the cervix that may turn into cancer later. HPV is a common virus that can cause cervical cancer. When found early enough, these cells can be removed, reducing the risks of cervical cancer.
Those who are between 55 and 80 years old and have a history of being a heavy smoker, currently smoke, or have quit in the past 15 years should get a yearly lung cancer screening test. Low-dose computed tomography is the screening test preferred.
Mammograms help detect breast cancer in the earlier stages, when it is the easiest to treat. These tests can give more insight into the health of the tissues inside the breasts.
Precancerous polyps are usually the cause of colon cancer in patients. By the patient having screenings performed, these polyps can be found and taken out. This dramatically reduces the chances of these benign growths turning into cancerous cells.
General health screenings
General health screenings are performed to check on other areas of the body where cancer might be present. Neck, head, lymph node, and different types of cancers can be found during these routine screenings. Having the doctor do a thorough examination, a blood test, and other tests as required can provide more information on issues that might be happening in the body that should be addressed.
Other types of cancer screening tests
Screening tests can be performed for many kinds of cancers. Thyroid, pancreatic, testicular, and ovarian cancers can all be found in their early stages and treated. While this is important to have these done, people who are found to have cancer can have different outcomes depending on their specific health history, the type of cancer it is, how early it is located, the treatments used, and various other factors.
The benefits of cancer screening and testing
In simplest terms, the benefits of cancer screenings include having peace of mind and the ability to detect any cancer (or precancerous signs) early. Here is a breakdown of three of the most notable benefits.
It provides the patient with peace of mind
For many patients, a cancer screening can seem intimidating, and many are afraid that if they look, they might find something. While cancer is always a possibility (and an early diagnosis is incredibly important), most who are screened for cancer find out that they do not have cancer. This can give them peace of mind to know that they are healthy and can focus on prevention.
Early detection and treatment can help improve long-term outcomes
By finding cancer earlier, the patient has a higher chance of receiving the help that they need, living longer, or even surviving cancer. As such, cancer screening is highly recommended for everyone, especially those who have a family history of a specific type of cancer.
Early detection can help lower the costs and reduce the invasiveness of cancer treatment
The earlier that cancer is detected, the less likely it is that the cancerous tumors will spread to other areas of the body. In cases where surgery is the best option (which is common), it can help reduce the invasiveness and cost of the overall cancer treatment process.
Call to schedule an appointment
If you are due for your next cancer screening or if you are unsure if you need a cancer screening, then call our office today. We would be glad to answer your initial questions and help you determine if a screening is right for you. We can also schedule a time for you to come into the office for a screening appointment.
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