Cancer screenings can detect cancer in its earliest forms when treatment is most successful. Westchester Putnam Gastroenterology can help you determine when you’re due for such screenings and offer treatment or referrals if necessary. Contact the office in Carmel, New York, or use the online tool to set up an appointment and find out what cancer screenings you need.
There are many types of cancer, but the disease generally involves abnormal cells growing out of control in an organ or tissue. Cancer causes millions of deaths around the world every year.
Cancer screenings are a preventive tool that Westchester Putnam Gastroenterology uses to detect cancer in its earliest forms or to identify potential cancer risks. How your provider conducts cancer screenings depends on the organ or tissue in need of examination.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women, but when detected early, there is a very good chance for recovery.
Colonoscopy, which involves sending a scope into your colon to check for polyps – small growths that have the potential to turn cancerous – is the best way to screen for colorectal cancer.
For all healthy adults who are at average risk for colorectal cancer, colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society.
If you are at higher risk for colorectal cancer, due to a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps for example, then you should begin screening at an earlier age. If you have a family or personal history of colon cancer or precancerous polyps, your provider may recommend you begin screenings in your 30s or 40s. Also, people with inflammatory bowel disease may require earlier or more frequent screenings.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer but quite curable when caught early.
At Westchester Putnam Gastroenterology, your provider performs a complete skin check to identify unusual looking moles or lesions that could indicate a form of skin cancer.
You may have a small sample, or biopsy, of suspicious spots taken and sent to a lab to diagnose cancer.
While it’s a good idea to do a self-check every month or so, your provider can look at hard-to-see areas like your back, between your toes, and your scalp.
Other routine cancer screenings include Pap smears and HPV (human papillomavirus) tests for women, as well as breast cancer checks, and prostate cancer screenings for men. Women also benefit from yearly mammograms, starting at age 40.
If you need other cancer screenings, your provider at Westchester Putnam Gastroenterology discusses whether they are available at the office or if you need a referral to a specialist.
If you’re due for a cancer screening, call Westchester Putnam Gastroenterology, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.