A cancer screening is a test to look for abnormal tissue changes in your body and detect cancer before symptoms develop.
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Why are Cancer Screenings Performed?
Dignity Health doctors use cancer screenings to detect cancer early, when it’s treated most effectively. Tests for men and women can help doctors find precancerous changes and prevent cancer from developing altogether. Common screenings include those for prostate, breast, and uterine cancer.
Talk with your doctor about what screenings are recommended for you and for how long you should get them. Certain factors may increase your risk of cancer. Your doctor can make you aware of these and even help you lower some or all of them.
What to Expect
The type of test you have depends on the kind of cancer your doctor is screening for, such as a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer or a Pap test for cervical cancer.
The most common screening methods are physical exams, lab tests, imaging exams, and genetic testing. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of each screening, as well as how to prepare.
Dignity Health's Bay Area hospitals use the latest methods and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment for the prevention of cancer in all forms and stages.
Your Recovery after a Cancer Screening Test
Most cancer screenings don’t have a recovery period. Certain tests, such as colonoscopy, may require a brief recovery period. Your doctor can go over the details of the test with you, so you know what to expect before and after your visit.
Ready to schedule your screening? Talk to a Dignity Health doctor today.