When to Start Screenings
Talk to your primary care doctor about which screenings are right for you and when you should start regular screenings. Your screening schedule may differ from general screening guidelines depending on your personal risk factors and health history. Your doctor can perform certain cancer screenings during your annual wellness visit.
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How to Lower Your Risk of Cancer
Lifestyle plays a big part in lower your risk of cancer. Reduce your risk by:
- Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Getting regular physical activity
- Limiting how much alcohol you drink
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Staying away from tobacco
Call 864-512-4445 to meet with an integrative medicine specialist at AnMed about creating a cancer-fighting diet.
Know Your Family History
Certain types of cancer may seem to run in families. But only a small number of cancers result from an inherited, abnormal gene. Know your family history to understand if your genes put you at higher risk for cancer. Learn about cancer genetic counseling.
Screening vs. Diagnostic Tests
Routine screenings check for signs of cancer when you do not have symptoms.
If you have symptoms that may indicate cancer, or your screening shows possible signs of cancer, you’ll have diagnostic tests. Diagnostic tests help identify cancer as early as possible. An early diagnosis makes timely treatment possible and gives you a better chance for a positive long-term outcome.
Diagnostic tests help your doctor find and determine the severity of many types of cancer. Many tests are painless and noninvasive. Types of tests include:
- Imaging and radiology exams – Make pictures of the inside of your body using:
- Endoscopic procedures – Insert a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera into your body to examine areas like your lungs (bronchoscopy), colon (colonoscopy) and more
- Biopsy – Takes out a small piece of unusual tissue from your body to examine in a lab
- Cytology – Looks at single cells or clusters of cells to diagnose some types of cancer
Getting Your Results
Your doctor’s office will contact you or schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your test results and next steps.