Self-care starts with preventative care — including cancer prevention. Screening exams and tests are highly effective at catching cancer in its treatable stages. The type of test and frequency depend on several factors, including your age, medical history, and risk factor. For men, common screening tests are the prostate cancer test and colon cancer screening. At Dignity Health Southern California, we can be a part of the process to detect cancer in its early stages by providing cancer screening for men in Southern California hospitals, with locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
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Types of Cancer Screening for Men at Dignity Health Southern California
Keeping your complete well-being in mind, we offer all of the screenings necessary for optimal men’s health. Our team of specialists are proactive about cancer prevention and early treatment, so we perform the following types of cancer screenings.
Colon Cancer Screening
During a colonoscopy, a doctor will examine the inside of the colon and rectum using a flexible, lighted tube, called a colonoscope. They can remove any suspicious areas during the procedure.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Your doctor may conduct a digital rectal exam (DRE) and or prostate specific antigen test (PSA test) to look for signs of cancer in the prostate. During a DRE, a doctor will insert a gloved, lubricated finger in the rectum to feel the prostate gland. It’s common to experience brief discomfort during this exam.
PSA tests check the levels of prostate-specific antigen in your blood. High levels can indicate prostate cancer or another condition. You may need additional tests to confirm your diagnosis.
Skin Cancer Exam
A skin cancer exam is a thorough visual examination of your skin, including your scalp, buttocks, groin, behind your ears, and between your toes.
Lung Cancer Screening
A low-dose CT uses X-rays to capture detailed images that can reveal tumors. We recommend an annual low-dose CT scan for men 50 years of age and older who have a long history of smoking.
These screenings should continue on a yearly basis until the age of 74 for healthy individuals.
What to Expect from Cancer Screening
Before the exam, your doctor will instruct you on how to prepare for your screening. Certain procedures, such as a colonoscopy, may require temporary changes in your diet one to two days before the procedure.
If any of the screenings detect cancer, you may have to come back for follow-up tests. We will be there to help you through your diagnosis and any personalized treatments.
To get started with preventative cancer care, schedule a cancer screening at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital today.
Dignity Health provides extensive cancer screening for men in Southern California.