Cancer screening is a type of test that looks for signs of early stages of cancer before you notice any symptoms. There are different types of cancer screening for different types of cancer.
When a doctor diagnoses cancer early, they are better able to treat it. Getting cancer screenings could mean the difference between a long and difficult road to recovery or a quick and easy treatment.
You have no cause for concern if your doctor suggests a cancer screening. It’s merely a precautionary measure to make sure that you’re healthy.
What are some common types of cancer screening?
Not all types of cancer screening are necessary for every individual, but getting some regularly could save your life, especially if you are part of a specific risk group. Cancer screenings that are recommended periodically are:
- Mammograms for breast cancer
- Skin cancer screenings
- Pap tests for cervical cancer
- Colonoscopy for colon cancer
- Lung cancer
Other screenings are only given when your doctor recommends them because you have a high risk. Your cancer screening might involve:
- A physical exam
- Blood testing
- Imaging procedures (e.g. ultrasound)
- Genetic testing
Your Valley View Wellness Medical Center doctor will inform you of what you can expect during your specific screening.
Who should get cancer screenings?
Certain cancer screenings are necessary regularly after you reach a specific age. For example, women should get breast cancer screenings regularly after age 40.
Other cancer screenings aren’t necessary unless you’re at a particularly high risk of getting a specific type of cancer. Your physician might recommend a screening if you:
- Have had a certain type of cancer before
- Have a family history of the cancer type
- Get a blood clot (genetic changes from cancer activate clotting proteins in your blood)
- Are exposed to certain chemicals at work
- Have reached an old age
It’s important to note that false-positive results are possible, so you might need to get further testing to confirm the results.
Cancer screenings can give you peace of mind about your health. To find out if you’re due for a cancer screening, call Valley View Wellness Medical Center or request an appointment online today.