Cancer is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, and here at Manhattan Primary Care, our primary care physicians NYC focus on prevention and prompt detection. Our goal is to check for early signs of cancers, when the disease is frequently more treatable and which allows for a better long-term prognosis. A screening will check your body for cancer, sometimes before you develop symptoms. You should always consult your physician to determine the appropriate screening tests and intervals. Guidelines change and your doctor will customize the recommendation to your specific case to keep you in good health.
Usually, colorectal cancer develops from small polyps found in the colon or rectum. Regular screening can detect these polyps, removing them before they become cancerous. Regular screenings usually begin at age 45 (or earlier based on risk factors). Please speak with your doctor about the appropriate screening regimen as guidelines change and your doctor will need to investigate your risk factors before making a recommendation.
You might need to be tested earlier if you have a family history of:
Inflammatory bowel disease
Genetic syndrome that increases your risk
COLORECTAL SCREENING TESTS
There are several colorectal cancer screening tests, and stool tests to detect signs of blood and which are usually carried out. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening. Alternative tests may be available based on your situation so you should speak with your primary care doctor.
CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING
Cervical cancer causes can often be treated very successfully when detected early. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a known risk factor for cervical cancer, and we can test for this separately. Depending on the results and whether you have HPV, the frequency of tests ranges. Please speak with your doctor about the appropriate screening regimen as guidelines change and your doctor will need to investigate your risk factors before making a recommendation.
A cervical cancer screening uses a Pap test or Pap smear to analyze cells from the cervix and can detect abnormal and precancerous cells. If you do have abnormal cells and which could become cancerous, treatment can prevent cervical cancer from developing in many cases.
BREAST CANCER SCREENING
Breast cancer is a common condition that screening is recommended for. Recommendations vary by society and can change. Screenings can involve diagnostic tests and clinical breast examinations. Please speak with your doctor about the appropriate screening regimen as guidelines change and your doctor will need to investigate your risk factors before making a recommendation.
Breast cancer screenings frequently use a mammogram, a detailed x-ray of the breast to detect signs of this disease. Mammograms can help to detect breast cancer early before any lumps can be felt or before it causes other symptoms.
BREAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
Breast MRIs are now increasingly used to screen women because tissues can appear abnormal even when cancer isn’t present.
Women are recommended to carry out regular self-checks each month and to become aware of how healthy breasts look and feel so that any changes are more easily detected and can be reported to a doctor.
PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
Prostate cancer screening checks for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Most cases of prostate cancer develop slowly, but in the United States alone, 12 out of 100 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some stage during their lifetime. Your doctor will also conduct a physical exam during your consultation.
The PSA test is a blood test that measures the level of PSA and can screen men who do not have any symptoms of prostate cancer. The test will show if PSA levels are normal or high, but a high level of PSA can have other cause besides prostate cancer.
LUNG CANCER SCREENING
Lung cancer screening might be recommended by our physicians if you have a history of heavy smoking and currently smoke, or have quit during the past few years. Please speak with your doctor about the appropriate screening regimen as guidelines change and your doctor will need to investigate your risk factors before making a recommendation.
LOW-DOSE CT SCAN
A low-dose CT scan is recommended when screening for lung cancer. It provides a detailed image of the lungs using only low doses of radiation.
When you visit our practice, we will evaluate your level of risk for these cancers by carefully evaluating your medical history and your family medical history.
OUR NEW YORK DOCTORS FOCUS ON PREVENTION
Our Midtown medical care and internal medicine doctors focus on prevention. It’s important to follow up regularly with your doctor to discuss which diagnostic and screening tests may be appropriate. Cancer screening allows our physicians to check for some forms of cancer in the body even without any symptoms. The goal of this to find early cancers that maybe be treatable and allow for a better outcome for patients.
Cancer screening must be individualized based on your age, risk factors and family history and other factors. At Manhattan Primary Care, we attempt to work with you to find a plan and appropriate testing based on your needs and situation.
Certain cancers that have approved testing include colon cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate, lung cancer and others. Guidelines often change and patients need to be evaluated by a physician to give you the correct recommendations. Prevention is our goal! We look forward to meeting you.
Read more: https://www.manhattanprimarycaredoctorsnyc.com/cancer-screening/
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