Regular screening for conditions like colorectal, breast, cervical, and prostate cancers saves millions of lives every year and could potentially save many more. At National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, board-certified primary care specialists conduct routine cancer screening and offer genetic cancer screening tests and counseling. To find out how to reduce your risk of cancer and avoid preventable death, call or book an appointment online today.
Cancer screening is a way of detecting cancers at an early stage before they start causing symptoms. Some cancer screening tests can identify the changes in cells that happen before cancer develops.
There are two approaches to cancer screening: undergoing routine screening tests for specific diseases and undergoing a genetic risk assessment.
There are several forms of cancer for which there are highly effective screening programs in place. These include:
A routine colonoscopy can locate and remove the polyps that sometimes turn into cancer in your colon and rectum.
Mammograms are breast X-rays that can pick up changes in the breast tissue before you develop a visible lump.
One of the original types of cancer screening, a regular Pap smear takes a sample of cells from your cervix and analyzes it for any changes that could lead to the development of cancerous tissue.
Prostate cancer is typically slow-growing and highly treatable, although some types can be more aggressive. A regular prostate exam is important as it can detect any enlargement of your prostate gland.
Some people might also benefit from other types of cancer screening. For instance, if you have a higher risk of developing lung cancer or endometrial cancer, the team at National Healthcare Center might recommend screening.
Genetic cancer screening uses information from your DNA to look for genes that could make you more likely to develop certain cancers.
Around 5-10% of cancers result from mutations in the genes that you inherit from your parents. Having these genes doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get cancer, but it does indicate that you have a higher risk.
Genetic cancer screening isn’t something everyone needs to do, but it can be useful if you know there’s a family history of cancer. The results of your genetic cancer screening can help you make changes in your life that minimize other risk factors for developing cancer, like obesity and poor diet.
National Healthcare Center offers genetic testing and counseling for patients concerned about being at risk of inherited cancers. The team provides personalized plans to help you manage your cancer risk.
To schedule your cancer screening, call National Healthcare Center or book online today.