Do I Have Early Cancer?

Symptoms: None. Cancer often begins to grow six years before there are any signs or symptoms. Screening can pick up common cancers when they are more easily cured. Screening is very important, especially if you have any family history for cancer.

 

Breast cancer -- Recent evidence does not show that getting mammograms increases a woman's lifespan. This has created a huge medical controversy. In some women, mammography picks up early cancers. But there are many false positives and we have some concern about radiation risk while the tissue is compressed. For screening, we believe that mammograms no more often than every 2-3 years might be an option.

 

Recommended testing -- Thermograms yearly (no radiation or compression) beginning at age 35 plus a urine test for hormone balance.

 

Monthly -- Self-exams

 

Cervical cancer -- Yearly pap tests beginning at age 21

 

Prostate cancer -- Yearly rectal exams and PSA blood test after age 45

 

Testicular cancer -- Monthly self-exams

 

Lung cancer -- Yearly chest x-rays If significant smoking history

 

Colon cancer --

 

Screening -- Stool for blood x 3

 

At least one colonoscopy after age 45 to look for polyps

 

The information on this website is only the opinion of COHA. It is not meant to be medical advice. Before you do anything, you should seek the advice of your personal physician. This is information only. No treatment is proposed, no cure is implied, and no claim is made for the effectiveness of any treatment or test.

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