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How To Check For Polyps
Depends on type...: Screening for "cancer" depends upon the type and location of disease. One example of cancer screening is the pap test in which cells are scraped from the cervix to screen for cervical cancer and cancer precursors. Another example is undergoing colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. Another example is blood testing, such as psa levels for prostate cancer. Testing depends upon the cancer type. ...Read more
History and physical: Is where a doctor starts, including a family history. The physical includes a breast exam both sitting up and lying down. Given your age, a screening mammogram would be the usual next step, assuming the history and physical did not reveal anything concerning. Then see what the mammogram results are. You should perform breast self exam every month in the shower - ask your doctor for instruction. ...Read more
Boy, that is one...: ...open ended question! Depends on the cancer and the situation (screening someone without symptoms or evaluating someone with a specific complaint). Anything goes: physical exam, labs, scans and x-rays of all sorts, or ultimately a biopsy. Be a bit more specific and perhaps we can help you better. Best to you. ...Read more
A few different docs: Diagnosis is typically clinical and based on exam findings. A medical genetics physician may be helpful in diagnosis if there is concern about an EDS type other than type 3. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician would be best and helping to coordinate a plan for functional recovery. A rheumatologist would be helpful to look for other causes of joint pain such as an inflammatory disorder ...Read more
Polyp exam: History and physical exam. The best exam for nasal polyp evaluation involves a small flexible endoscope that is passed into your nasal area. This exam is well tolerated and not usually painful. Also, cat scanning is helpful in evaluation of nasal polyps. Other testing, such as allergy evaluation is sometimes recommended. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mammogram&Self-Exam: The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: Often it's asymptomatic until it's well advanced. If there's any early symptoms it's going to be vague ones that ladies are plagued with anyway like bloating and pelvic pain and bladder irritation. Testing 1st involves a pelvic exam (a small mass will be hard to feel), an ultrasound, possibly an MRI. A ca125 is a blood test that's usually elevated in ovarian cancer, but other things elevate it too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He should: All family physicians know that an unusual pigmented lesion, an ulcer of skin that doesn't heal or an increasing skin nodular lesion is atypical and should be biopsies or at least examined by a dermatologist. He should also know that as one gets older and into the 60's that skin deposits don't shed but build up and become pigmented as senile keratosis, so that one can usually trust the GP. ...Read more
Skin or blood test: Allergists can perform blood or skin prick testing in the office to determine environmental and food sensitivities which could indicate allergy. ...Read more
Please tell me how long it takes for to get blood screening results back to check for any signs of cancer?
Too broad: There are many forms of cancer. Most occur as we get older. You are still quite young, but there are things you need to do. At 50 you'll need a colonoscopy, unless you have a first relation with colon cancer. If you do, you need a colonoscopy now . If you're concerned , have an annual physical, and follow your doctor's advice. Please don't fret the risk of cancer. Good luck. ...Read more
Routine Exam ; Tests: Your history will be taken to see if there are any risks for infertility (infections, menstrual abnormalities, medications that may interfere, etc). Then an exam to check for any abnormalities, then tests to check for stds. If these are all normal, the partner is also examined and a semen analysis sent. If normal, ovulation tests will be done ; corrected if needed prior to any extensive studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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