Cancer screening tests detect cancerous and precancerous cells in the body. For your optimal wellness, at Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, our doctors and staff check for cancer even when there are no symptoms present to find cancer in its early, treatable stages. Generally, once symptoms begin to appear, the cancer is already in an advanced stage that’s harder to cure.
Our specialists at Dignity Health Southern California, with locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino recommend that every adult male and female discuss their need for cancer screening with one of our doctors. We can determine your risk for certain cancers, when you should begin screening, and how often you should be checked for cancer.
Find a Doctor online today to begin preventative cancer care with a cancer screening test in Southern California.
Our Screening Options for Cancer Prevention
One of our expert cancer specialists will perform one or more cancer exams to get the most accurate results. Depending on which cancer the specialist is checking for, you may receive any of the following tests:
- Physical exam
- Laboratory test
- Imaging exam
- Genetic testing
We also provide specific exams for men and women, such as a prostate exam for men and a mammogram and Pap test (Pap smear) for women. From breast cancer screening to a colon cancer test, you can rely on Dignity Health Southern California for a wide range of cancer screening services.
What to Expect from Cancer Screening Tests
Your specialist will discuss with you how to prepare for the exam, and what to expect during and after the exam. It’s common to experience some minor discomfort during some of the procedures, so it’s best to share any concerns you have before the screening is scheduled.
Risk & Benefits of Breast Cancer Screening
The benefits of cancer screening outweigh the risks. Routine tests are one of the best cancer prevention methods. When we find cancer in its early stages, treatment can begin sooner, and a cure or remission is more likely.
It’s important to know that there are some risks associated with cancer screening. The risks vary depending on the procedure, so your specialist will go over what each screening procedure entails.
Although cancer screening tests are effective at detecting cancer, sometimes the results are confusing and require a cancer specialist to explain them. For example, a false positive test may indicate cancer is present when it’s not, while a false negative may not detect cancer at all.
Trust our trained specialists at Dignity Health Southern California hospitals to perform thorough exams to get the most accurate results. Schedule an appointment to see if you need to begin screening.
Dignity Health provides trusted cancer prevention, including cancer screenings, in Southern California.