Cancer Screening and Surveillance

cancer screening

Elite Medicine Clinics DFW provides both cancer screening and surveillance to help serve our patients’ needs. Surveillance is testing of cancer survivors as well as those who are at risk for cancer. Screening is simply the testing to identify if a patient, with or without symptoms, has cancer or a condition that might lead to cancer.

Cancer Screening and Surveillance Offerings

We offer these screenings and surveillance because the best cancer outcomes happen as the result of early cancer detection.

Our cancer screening/surveillance involves several types of tests depending on which part of the body requires screening or surveillance. They allow us to determine if our patient has cancer or a condition that might lead to cancer. In order for them to be effective, we repeat tests routinely or if a change in your health suggests that screening or surveillance is needed.

When determining if the need for cancer screening/surveillance, our providers at Elite Medicine Clinics DFW consider our patients’ age, lifestyle choices, and family cancer history. We follow certain recommended criteria for screening and surveillance.

A CT scan for lung cancer screening is suggested if you are between 55 and 60 years old, if you are a current smoker, or if you stopped smoking less than 15 years prior to testing.

Prostate testing, which is a PSA blood test, is suggested at age 50, or 45 if you have a family history of prostate cancer.

Colonoscopy, for colon and rectal cancer, is recommended at age 50 and every ten years after that.  Screening should happen earlier if you are African American, have a family history of colon cancer, or have any abnormal rectal bleeding.  Mammogram, for breast cancer, is recommended at age 40, and annually after that. If there is a family breast cancer history, screening should start earlier.

Mole and skin exams should be scheduled annually. We urge our patients to check their own skin and moles and call if there is a change in color, texture, or size.

Pap and HPV tests are suggested every three years for those aged 21 to 29; every five years for ages 30 to 65; more often and past 65 if you have a family history or risk factors.

What to do if Cancer is Detected.

If cancer is detected, Elite Medicine Clinics DFW will help you choose the best treatment plan for you and your most effective outcome. Together, we will consider your best options for surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy, stem cell transplant, and precision medicine.

Your total wellness is our first concern; please call us at (972) 852-9140today to schedule an appointment.