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How Does A Person Get Tested For Cancer
Is colorectal cancer hereditary? I have three family members (aunts and uncle) with colorectal cancer. Am i more likely to get it than a normal person? Should i start getting tested and when?
Depends: A woman should start having pap smears when she begins having sex. I urge breast self-exam early. Breast and colon cancer screening recommendations vary. I'm not a big believer in lung cancer screening for smokers or prostate cancer screening for guys beyond the physical exam. Everybody needs to watch their skin. ...Read more
Type?: Screening for 'cancer' depends upon the type of cancer. For most people, cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. Many people start breast cancer screening at 40. Colon cancer screening is often begun at 50. The patient's family history may also be important in determining starting dates for cancer screening. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
Routine screening: Your physician is discreet and honors patient confidentiality. There are certain screening tests that are routine and test for cancer without any big fuss. Mammograms, pap smears, blood tests, physical exams and colonoscopies are routinely done as part of cancer screening and recommended for people in your age range. These should not cause any concern from your parents. ...Read more
Depends: It is not possible to test randomly for any and all types of cancer. However, if you are experiencing symptoms, it is certainly worth seeing a doctor. For example a mass or lump, unexplained weight loss can be symptoms of cancer. At a young age like 30, many cancers are unusual, although some can occur in young people. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Prostate cancer typically occurs in older patients. Screening is usually performed with the prostate specific antigen test (psa). However before choosing to undergo screening, it is important to understand the possible outcomes of this testing. Not all prostate cancers are life threatening and treatment carries some risks of its own. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask your doctor: A good and thorough physical exam is a good start to your evaluation. Depending on your lifestyle and habits, and your physical findings, your doctor will be able to address your concerns more specifically. ...Read more
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