Screening tests find health conditions before you have symptoms. Routine cancer screenings help you and your doctor catch cancer early – when it’s easier to treat.
What screenings do I need?
Ask your primary care provider which screenings are right for you based on your age, sex, health history, family history and other risk factors. Your doctor may recommend:
- Cervical cancer screening (Pap test)
- Colonoscopy or other colon cancer test
- Lung cancer screening
- Mammogram or other breast imaging test
- Prostate cancer screening (PSA test)
- Skin cancer screening
Genetic testing for cancer
Some people carry a gene mutation that gives them a higher risk of developing cancer. A genetic counselor at ProHealth can help you decide whether to take a genetic test for cancer.
If you have signs or symptoms that suggest cancer, your doctor will order diagnostic tests to find the cause. Count on ProHealth for a full range of services that help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis, including:
- Biopsy – Removes and examines a small piece of body tissue under a microscope.
- Imaging tests – Take pictures of the inside of your body to reveal tumors.
- Lab tests – Look at your blood or other body fluids for substances that indicate cancer.
Whenever possible, your ProHealth team uses a minimally invasive approach to get a tissue sample for biopsy. A specially trained doctor uses imaging technology to safely and accurately guide a biopsy needle to a concerning lump or nodule. This nonsurgical approach means you benefit from:
- Faster results
- Few or no stitches
- Limited scarring or bruising
- Lower cost
- Shorter recovery time