A breast cancer screening is an examination done before a woman shows signs or symptoms of breast cancer. At Pinehurst Family Care Center, P.A., breast screenings start with an individualized assessment of your particular risk and likely a breast exam. Screening cannot stop breast cancer from occurring but can identify breast cancer early. The earlier that breast cancer is identified, the easier that it will be to treat successfully. There are several different breast cancer screening tests. The doctor will evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine which type of breast cancer screening will be most effective for them.
A mammogram is the most common type of breast cancer screening. In a mammogram, an x-ray image of the breasts is taken. Mammograms are a very effective way to identify signs of breast cancer early, even before a patient is able to feel symptoms like lumps. In some cases, MRI screening is also used, especially for people who may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. For most women, a mammogram is the most effective screening tool for breast cancer. A physical examination in which the doctor checks the breasts for lumps or other problems may also be part of the screening.
Rectal cancer screening is designed to identify cancer in the colon or rectum. Screening can allow the doctor to identify signs of cancer, even in cases where patients are not experiencing any symptoms yet. This allows for earlier and more effective treatment. There are several types of rectal screening tests, including colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and stool tests. Each type of tests can have advantages and potential drawbacks, so patients should consult with the doctor to determine the best type of rectal cancer screening for them. As with breast cancer screenings, rectal cancer screenings at Pinehurst Family Care Center, P.A. are initiated on site with appropriate referrals then made for additional procedures and evaluation.
Recommendations regarding screening and treatment for prostate cancer have changed over time. The providers at Pinehurst Family Care Center, P.A. can discuss current age-appropriate guidelines for performing both digital rectal exams and obtaining a PSA screening blood test.
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