There are over 100 different types of cancer, which makes figuring out what you should be on the lookout for a daunting prospect. That’s where Doctors of Bellevue-Redmond in Bellevue, Washington, comes in. Dr. Nelly Bardman and Dr. Alex Dudetsky know which cancer screenings would be most beneficial to you, given your unique circumstances. To learn more about valuable, life-saving cancer screening, call or book an appointment online.
When it comes to cancer of any kind, early detection is by far the best tool you have for combating the disease. However, cancer is one of the trickier diseases to diagnose.
All too often, doctors diagnose cancers after they’ve advanced to a point where the symptoms are evident, which means they’re also tougher to treat. In the earlier stages, many cancers are undetectable and almost impossible to find if the doctor isn’t specifically looking for it.
According to the CDC, there are a few cancers that can be successfully screened for, such as:
As primary care physicians, Dr. Dudetsky and Dr. Bardman are in a unique position to guide you through the cancer screening options. Since they routinely gather information about your current health, as well as your medical history and your family’s medical history, they’re able to point you in the right direction.
Because genetics play an important role in cancer development, the doctors play close attention to your family’s medical history, which may give them critical information about what to monitor more closely.
For example, many female cancers are linked closely to genetics. Thankfully, there are also many screening options in this area.
The doctors also take into consideration your risk factors when they recommend cancer screening. If you’re a smoker, they’ll keep an eye on your lungs. If you work in an environment that’s potentially harmful, the doctors may be on the lookout for any signs of related cancer.
There’s no one answer to this question, as it depends entirely upon the cancer you’re screening for and your risk factors. Some cancers are more aggressive and require more frequent screening, while others only need to be checked every 3-5 years.
When it comes to cancer screening, it’s helpful to think of your regular visits with either Dr. Dudetsky and Dr. Bardman as one of your most important screening tools. With trained eyes, the doctors know what to look out for and can recognize symptoms quickly and recommend further testing.
To find out whether you should be screened for certain cancers, call Doctors of Bellevue-Redmond, or schedule a visit using the online booking tool.