Early Detection is Key with Private Cancer Health Screenings
Cancer is one disease that affects the lives of many people around the world. If you have a family history of cancer, you may be concerned about your chances of developing the disease. When you have a family member who has had cancer, your risks do increase, depending on the type of cancer. To ensure you can take control of it before it takes control of you, participating in private cancer screening can help you with early detection.
Benefits of Private Cancer Screening
Cancer screening can help your medical team to detect the disease early. Because of early detection, you will have more treatment options available to you. When cancer is found early, it is much easier to treat than the later stages.
Visual skin exams and certain blood tests have proven effective in detecting certain cancers early. Additionally, having a cancer health screening done will help to lower your risk of dying from the disease.
More than 9,000 women each year are diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection through a private cancer screening can help to detect the disease in its earliest stages. Starting at age 40 women should begin to have their yearly breast cancer screenings done. For women who have a family history or genetic factors towards a prevalence of breast cancer in their family, screening may need to be completed more frequently.
Individuals in a higher risk level for developing lung cancer should consider cancer screening. Those individuals in a higher risk group include:
- 55 to 74 years’ old
- Current Smoker
- Former Smoker
Prostate cancer is amongst the most common type of cancer that affects men. Starting at the age of 50, men should consider completing a prostate cancer screening. A PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen), blood test, is one of the most common types of cancer screening tests for prostate cancer. The amount of PSA in the blood is measured to determine a man’s risk of having prostate cancer.
Cervical cancer is another cancer that doesn’t discriminate. In fact, it is more commonly known to affect younger women. Starting at age 21, women should consider cancer health screenings for cervical cancer. Tests like an HPV test can help to determine a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.
When it comes to your health, no precaution is too much. Cancer screenings can help to reduce your risk of dying from the disease as well as help as a tool in early cancer detection. With early detection, the door to more treatment options will open and allow you to have a much better prognosis. Schedule a private cancer screening today and take back control of your health.
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This test is used to gauge whether someone is suffering from folate or Vitamin B12 deficiency.
For people with a history of heart disease in the family in the absence of other risk factors such as being overweight or obese, high blood pressure or smoking; the test can be used in screening patients for stroke or heart attack.
CA 19.9 $67
Serum CA 19.9 levels are usually increased to about 80% among patients who are dealing with pancreatic cancer. They are also evident in 54-89% of patients with stomach cancer, while 65% for those who have colorectal cancer. From time to time, the serum level may also increase in benign conditions, such as acute and chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, as well as hepatobillary tract disease. In benign disease, however, CA 19.9 generally does not go over 100U/ml.
HaemoglobinA1c, or HbAIc, is a diabetes marker, which may be used in long-term care monitoring for people who are suffering from diabetes. The level of HbA1c is directly proportional to the glucose level within the blood. It has been accepted widely as a determining factor that indicates the mean daily concentration of blood glucose throughout the preceding couple of months. According to recent studies, regular measurement and assessment of HbA1c results to the change in diabetes treatment, as well as the improvement of the metabolic control which is indicated with the lowering of the HbA1c valves.
CA 125 $67
This glycol protein is produced in several ovarian cancers. The levels of CA 125 that are above 335ng/ml have been detected in about 20-40% of patients who have State I and II ovarian cancers, as well as 96% of patients who have State III and IV of this disease. In less common situations, the levels can increase in patients who have cancers of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, endometrium, cervix, as well as the fallopian tube. The increase in levels may also be present in some benign conditions such as peritoneal inflammation and endometriosis. CA 125 is also helpful when it comes to monitoring individuals for treatment response and recurrence of tumour.
C-Reactive Protein $37
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a particular substance which is produced within the liver as a result of inflammation. CRP is also known as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), as well as ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP). With a high CRP level in the blood, there is a possibility of having a condition which can cause inflammation, ranging from the possibility of an upper respiratory infection to more serious conditions such as cancer. Higher levels of CRP can also be an indication of an inflammation in the heart arteries, swelling of the tissues that line the joints and infection of a bone. This, in turn, may pose a higher risk for heart attack. However, it is important to keep in mind, that CRP is a nonspecific test which may be elevated with any type of inflammatory condition.
CA 15.3 $67
The test for CA 15.3 is considered as a marker of tumour. It is often used in checking how treatment for breast cancer works, looking for cancer that has recurred post treatment. If you are being diagnosed with cancer of the breast, you may go through this test. It is not used for measuring early stage of breast cancer since the levels of this type of protein are only rarely higher than the normal levels within this stage.
PSA is a substance produced within the prostate gland. It is also highly useful when it comes to the diagnosis of prostate cancer, including the monitoring for spreading and recurrence of tumour in patients. Generally, a little amount of PSA can be found in the blood. Increase in the levels of PSA may be caused by benign prostatic or even prostate cancer.
HIV Antibody $27
The antibody screening test is considered as the most common HIV test, looking into the antibodies that is produced by the body against HIV. It may be done on oral or blood fluid, but not saliva. Since the antibody levels in the oral fluid is relatively lower as in the blood, majority of blood-based tests discover the infection sooner right after being exposed compared to rapid HIV tests.