Each year, about 1.8 million Americans receive a cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, cancer screening provides a safe and effective way to detect potentially life-threatening problems before they get worse. At New York Specialty Clinics, serving patients of Astoria, Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn, the team of expert physicians provides several types of cancer screenings onsite. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest New York City office, or book online today.
Cancer refers to a group of diseases that cause the cells in your body to divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. Over time, cancerous cells crowd out normal, healthy cells, resulting in serious, and in some cases life-threatening, health problems.
Cancer screening is a group of diagnostic procedures used to detect cancer before it presents apparent symptoms.
Many types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer, present few obvious symptoms early on. As a result, you might have cancer and not even realize it. Cancer screening can catch these illnesses when they’re most responsive to treatment.
At New York Specialty Clinics, the team offers several types of cancer screening, including:
A mammogram is a type of cancer screening used to detect breast cancer. Mammography uses low-dose X-rays to take detailed images of your breasts and breast tissue. These images can detect abnormalities like lumps, masses, and microcalcifications.
Pap smears are a type of cancer screening used to detect cervical cancer. During a Pap test, your New York Specialty clinics provider carefully swabs a sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. They send your sample to a laboratory that uses a microscope to look for the presence of cancerous cells.
During a colonoscopy – a screening for colorectal cancer – your provider inserts a thin tube with a camera at the end (colonoscope) through your anus and into your large intestine and rectum. The camera allows your provider to detect precancerous polyps (abnormal growths).
If you’re a smoker or have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), your provider might recommend LDCT. LDCT uses low-doses of radiation to take detailed images of your lungs. Your provider looks at the pictures to detect abnormalities, such as tumors or scarring.
The team at New York Specialty Clinics typically recommends men and women start cancer screening at age 50. If you have a high risk of cancer or a family history of a specific type of cancer, they might recommend earlier screening starting at age 45.
Following a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your health history, your provider can recommend a screening schedule that aligns with your needs. Even if you feel healthy, it’s important to participate in cancer screening. These simple, minimally invasive measures have the power to save your life.
To see what type of cancer screening will most benefit you, schedule an appointment at New York Specialty Clinics. Book online, or call the office nearest you today.
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