As we age, screening for various types of cancer becomes a part of life. In today’s modern age of medicine, we have gotten much better at controlling the disease when caught in the early stages. One of the ways we are able to do this is through cancer screenings. While many people are apprehensive and reluctant when it comes to undergoing cancer screening, these tests can save your life. Getting screened regularly is strongly advised for people of specific age groups and with certain risk factors. If you are unsure whether you should be screened, please contact Bharmal Internal Medicine. Dr. Hujefa Vora and the team of medical professionals here at our clinic are committed to your health and wellness and strive to offer a range of services that will enable you to lead a long and healthy life. Screening refers to checking your body for cancer before you have any symptoms. Some people should be screened because of a family history of cancer, whereas others have other factors that may put them at risk. We recommend testing for the following types of cancer:
- Colorectal (colon)
- Lung (for high-risk patients only)
Most people have been affected by cancer in some way or another during their lifetime. The most common types of cancers are breast, lung, prostate, colon and rectum, bladder, and melanoma of the skin. Bharmal Internal Medicine offers screenings for most of these types of cancer, providing our patients with the tools and knowledge they need to address any health concerns before they escalate.
Here is an in-depth look at the cancer screenings we offer at our office:
- Breast Cancer
The best way to discover breast cancer early is through mammograms, or breast cancer screening. When caught early, breast cancer has a much higher recovery rate and is easier to treat.
- Cervical Cancer
A routine pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix, which can turn into cancer. Some women require pap tests more often than others in order to ensure no abnormal cells are present. The good news with cervical cancer is that, if caught early, the chance of being cured is extremely high.
- Colorectal Cancer
Colon cancer typically develops from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Colon screening tests can find these abnormal growths, allowing your doctor to remove them before they turn into cancer. It is recommended that adults between the ages of 50 and 75 undergo regular colorectal cancer screenings.
- Lung Cancer
Individuals with a history of smoking should undergo lung cancer screening on a yearly basis. If you were a heavy smoker or quit within the last 15 years, and are between the ages of 55 and 80, contact Bharmal Internal Medicine to schedule a lung cancer screening.
To learn more about our cancer screening tests or schedule an appointment with Dr. Vora at our clinic, please give Bharmal Internal Medicine a call today.