55 W. 17th Street, Ste 105
Mon - Thu 08:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Fri 08:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat, Sun: Closed
Cancer is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, and here at Manhattan Primary Care, our primary care physicians NYC focus is on prevention and prompt detection. Initially, cancer can cause few, if any symptoms, and our goal is to check for early signs of cancers, when the disease is frequently more treatable and which allows for a better long-term prognosis. A screening will check your body for cancer, sometimes before you develop symptoms.
Regular cancer screenings can find colorectal, cervical, breast, prostate, and lung cancers early when treatment can be more effective and potentially less invasive.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Usually, colorectal cancer develops from small polyps found in the colon or rectum. Regular screening can detect these polyps, removing them before they become cancerous. Regular screenings usually begin at age 50, but some people might benefit from earlier screenings.
You might need to be tested earlier if you have a family history of:
- Colorectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Genetic syndrome that increases your risk
Colorectal Screening Tests
There are several colorectal cancer screening tests, and stool tests to detect signs of blood and which are usually carried out yearly. Other tests, such a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, use a lighted tube to examine the colon visually and to remove any polyps detected.
CT colonoscopy uses a CT scan to produce virtual images of the entire colon.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer causes very few symptoms until well advanced but can often be treated very successfully when detected early. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a known risk factor for cervical cancer, and we can test for this separately. Usually, women are recommended to start getting Pap tests at age 21.
Depending on the results and whether you have HPV, the frequency of tests can range from annually, to every three to five years.
A cervical cancer screening uses a Pap test or Pap smear to analyze cells from the cervix and can detect abnormal and precancerous cells. If you do have abnormal cells and which could become cancerous, treatment can prevent cervical cancer from developing in most cases.
Breast Cancer Screening
Women aged 50 to 74 and who have an average risk of breast cancer are recommended to get a mammogram every two years. Younger women should discuss their need for screenings with a doctor.
Women with a family history of breast cancer may be advised to begin having regular mammograms before age 50. Screenings can involve diagnostic tests and clinical breast examinations.
Manhattan Primary Care
55 W. 17th Street, Ste 105,
New York, NY 10011
+1 (212) 378-9987
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Last updated: Oct 02, 2019 7:33 am