Cancer is, unfortunately, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Many types of cancer are highly treatable when caught early, which is why routine cancer screening at Millennium Park Medical Associates in the Loop and the Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, is important. Farah Khan, MD, FACP, and the expert team of board-certified internal medicine specialists can screen for skin, breast, colon, cervical, prostate, and other types of cancer to get you the prompt diagnosis and treatment you need. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online for cancer screening today.
Dr. Khan and her medical team use various diagnostic tests to screen for cancer that can detect the disease in an early stage, before it spreads or causes potentially life-threatening problems. During cancer screening, your provider might use diagnostic imaging tests or take a tissue biopsy so a lab can analyze it.
Anybody can develop cancer, but the following factors may increase your risk of getting it:
Exposure to infectious agents, toxins, and other cancer-related substances also increases your risk of developing cancer.
Depending on your symptoms, lifestyle, and risk factors, Dr. Khan and your Millennium Park Medical Associates provider might recommend cancer screenings for:
Breast cancer screening includes a breast exam or a mammogram, which uses X-ray technology to detect breast cancer masses.
Your provider completes a pelvic exam with a Pap test in women to screen for signs of cervical cancer. They insert special tools into your vagina to scrape cervical cells for a lab to analyze.
During prostate cancer screening, your provider might recommend a digital rectal exam or a special type of blood test.
Colorectal cancer screening at Millennium Park Medical Associates might include a stool test, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy.
If you have a history of smoking and are at risk of lung cancer, your internal medicine specialist might suggest lung cancer screening using CT scans.
During skin cancer screening, your provider examines your skin and may take a tissue biopsy so a lab can analyze it.
If cancer screening detects cancer, your Millennium Park Medical Associates specialist might refer you to a cancer specialist. Cancer treatments may include:
Your provider works with your cancer specialist to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you, and follows up with you before, during, and after treatment.
Don’t let cancer go undetected before it spreads to other areas of your body or becomes life-threatening. Schedule cancer screening at Millennium Park Medical Associates by phone or online today.