Being screened for cancer can be a nerve-racking experience. However, at NainaMD Beverly Hills, Dr. Naina and her staff will do their utmost to make you feel comfortable and guide you smoothly through the process. Having accurate and up-to-date information can give you peace of mind, and if a diagnosis is made, allow you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Whether you have a family history of cancer or you’ve noticed symptoms that give you concern, the Naina MD team will perform your cancer screening with speed and compassion.
When Should You Get a Screening?
As soon as possible. Many people procrastinate on their cancer screenings, which is understandable. However, you should get tested immediately if you exhibit symptoms such as:
- Moles that change shape or color
- A lump on any part of your body
- Blood in your stool
- Chronic ailments that do not go away after six weeks.
These are all known cancer symptoms. They may not be linked to cancer, but it’s best to ascertain that fact immediately.
As a general rule, cancer is much easier to treat when it is caught in an early stage. With less time to grow and spread throughout the body, early-stage cancers can be treated with less damaging and invasive methods than late-stage cancers. Furthermore, early cancer screenings tend to be simpler, only requiring routine blood work or a physical exam.
What to Expect During a Cancer Screening
Cancer testing can vary widely depending on what type of cancer you are being screened for. For example, screening for colon cancer often requires a colonoscopy, an involved surgical procedure that requires the use of anesthesia. But most screening procedures are not that complex. Checking for breast cancer involves a mammogram, or X-ray of the breasts, which takes relatively little time. Screenings can also involve blood or urine tests, which are simple to perform. The time it will take for the results to become available can vary; some test results come back within hours, while others can take several weeks.
At NainaMD Beverly Hills, we offer special services related to our expertise in integrative medicine. We emphasize the importance of nutrients to wellness. The better your nutritional intake, the better equipped your body is to resist the formation of cancer, or fight cancer when it appears. In our cancer screenings, we check for heightened levels of nagalase, an enzyme that appears in higher levels in patients with tumors. We also educate patients on which nutrients are most beneficial to fighting specific types of cancer, and perform genomic testing to identify nutrient enhancement and lifestyle changes that may be beneficial. If cancer is identified, we offer adjunctive nutrient enhancement therapy as a supplement to your other cancer treatments.
Don’t hesitate to get a cancer screening at NainaMD Beverly Hills if you experience any suspicious symptoms or you simply need a routine check. Call at any time and we’ll schedule your appointment.
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