Cancer screenings are important, yet many of us tend to procrastinate getting them done. These screenings are medical tests done when you are generally healthy and show no signs of illness. The test can help catch early signs of cancer, giving you a higher chance of successfully treating the disease. It's easy to find reasons for delaying your screening, but it's never a good idea to put them off.
Certain lifestyle habits and family history may cause different types of cancers. At Low Testosterone & Weight Center located in Allen and Frisco, Texas, our specialists offer several cancer screening options, including gastrointestinal, prostate, and breast cancer screenings. Find out which screening is best for you based on your age, family history, and gender.
What is cancer screening?
Cancer screening is a test that checks for precancerous lesions in people who do not have signs or symptoms. One of our specialists determines when you need a cancer screening taking your age, personal health, gender, and family history into consideration. Detecting cancer early on can help you receive more effective treatment. Because there is no set schedule for everyone, our specialist determines when it's appropriate for you to consider a cancer screening.
What are some types of cancer screenings?
Screening tests are not available for every type of cancer. Here are some cancer screening tests that we offer.
Gastrointestinal cancer screening
Colon cancer often develops from precancerous polyps that grow on the lining of the colon. This type of cancer is one of the most common in the United States. Gastrointestinal cancers affect the organs and tissues in your digestive system. If one of our specialists finds polyps during your screening, they suggest immediate removal. A colonoscopy screening for patients who are at an average risk begins at 50 and recurs every 10 years.
Prostate cancer screening
With a prostate-specific antigen blood test, one of our specialist's screens for prostate cancer. It’s a common type of cancer that affects men. Men usually begin prostate screening with a digital rectal exam at age 50. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, eat a high-fat diet, or lead a sedentary lifestyle, screenings should begin at an earlier age.
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer is a condition affecting both men and women. These screenings often commence at age 40. A type of X-ray called a mammogram is used to screen for breast cancer. Women should also know how their breasts look and feel while reporting any changes to a doctor as soon as possible.
Reduce your cancer risk
Because cancer is so common, it is vital to take the right steps to keep your level of risk as low as possible. Here are some things you can do to lower your risk of cancer:
- Stay away from tobacco
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do regular physical activity
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Protect your skin from the sun
- Understand your family history and risks
- Get regular cancer screenings.
If you're considering scheduling a cancer screening test, call our office or book an appointment online.