by Dr. William P Albanese III, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Delaware. Fortunately, most cancers are preventable with proper screening.
Who Should Get Screened for Cancer?
Even when patients are healthy and have no symptoms, doctors and health experts recommend that they get screened for different types of cancers annually starting at certain ages. Cancer can be asymptomatic, so getting the recommended screenings can help you stay ahead of the game. The American Cancer Society has laid out guidelines for cancer screening recommendations by age.
Breast Cancer: Annually starting at age 45
Colon Cancer: Starting at age 45
Skin Cancer: Annually beginning in 20s or 30s
Those with a family history of cancer or other risk factors may need to be screened sooner or more frequently. Follow-up testing is necessary if anything abnormal is found during your screening. Your doctor will be able to talk with you to develop a cancer screening schedule that’s right for you.
Cancer Screening with Annual Bloodwork
Did you know that several types of cancer can be detected in your blood? Even if you are young and healthy, it is important to have your blood drawn annually so you can form a baseline for the markers that are used to screen for cancer. Prostate cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, and lymphoma are a few of the most common cancers we can screen you for when you get your bloodwork done at Atracare Health.
Prostate Cancer Screening
For males, prostate screening beginning at age 45 is extremely important. According to the CDC, approximately 13 out of 100 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Considering those statistics, males should have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test added to their annual bloodwork when they turn 45. This test looks at how much of the antigen is present in your blood sample. If your number is high, then your doctor will want to monitor you over the next few years to see how it trends. Interventions like prostate removal surgery may be necessary if your bloodwork shows a high risk for prostate cancer.
Kidney Cancer Screening
Kidney cancer can be detected in bloodwork if you show a high level of serum creatinine. Serum creatinine is a natural by-product of metabolism that is processed and removed by the kidneys. If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, your blood will show a high level of serum creatinine.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Screening
From your CBC, we are able to see if your red and white blood cell levels are abnormal. This can sometimes be an indication of leukemia or lymphoma. Your initial bloodwork results will serve as a baseline that we can use to compare future results and stay on top of any concerns that arise.
Having your bloodwork done annually can help you keep track of your health and form a baseline so cancer and other diseases can be caught early. Getting bloodwork done takes very little time and is typically covered by insurance, so don’t hesitate to make your appointment with your primary care doctor today!
Atracare Health staffs some of the best doctors trained at our nation’s finest institutions. We empower our providers by using cutting-edge technologies to give the best care possible. Dr. William P Albanese III is a key member of the Atracare staff.
Get Screened for Cancer Today
Keeping our community healthy is our primary goal at Atracare Health. We know how important it is for people to have access to accurate cancer screenings. When you come to our facility to get screened for cancer, we will provide you with all the answers to your biggest questions in less than one hour. With our texting feature, you can schedule a cancer screening appointment from your smartphone. Come see one of our primary walk-in providers so you can get the screenings you need to stay healthy and have peace of mind.
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