Cancer Screening Specialist in Austin, TX
Cancer Screening in Austin, TX
Cancer Screening Q & A
What is cancer screening?
Cancer screening includes tests that look for cancer before you have symptoms. Cancer screening is preventive and may help save your life.
Women’s Health Domain is an obstetrics and gynecology practice that provides comprehensive gynecological care to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. This includes cancer screening for gynecological cancers.
What are the types of cancer screening?
The Women’s Health Domain team performs many types of cancer screenings to check for gynecological cancer. Some of the more common screenings include:
Ovarian cancer screening
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the ovaries. The team may perform an ovarian cancer screening during your annual pelvic exam, looking for signs of tumors.
They may also recommend additional screenings for those at risk of ovarian cancer. These screenings might include a transvaginal ultrasound to look for tumors and a CA-125 blood test, which measures the amount of CA-125 protein in your blood.
High levels of CA-125 may indicate ovarian cancer.
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer is common. The team performs breast cancer screening at your annual well-woman exam, examining your breasts to feel unusual lumps or bumps.
They also recommend you do self-breast exams once a month at home. The more familiar you are with your normal breast tissue, the easier it is to find abnormalities.
Breast cancer screening also includes a mammogram, X-rays of the breasts that look for abnormal tissue.
Cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer develops in the cervix. The team at Women’s Health Domain performs a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.
For a Pap smear, your OB/GYN collects cervical cells during your pelvic exam and sends the sample of cells to a lab for analysis.
The team may also do a human papillomavirus (HPV) virus test. They also collect cells from the cervix to screen for HPV. Having certain types of HPV puts you at risk for cervical cancer.
When do I need cancer screening?
The team at Women’s Health Domain determines when you need cancer screening based on your age, medical history, and family history. The team screens for ovarian cancer every year during your pelvic exam but may suggest more testing if ovarian cancer runs in your family.
You should start having mammograms for breast cancer screening around 40. Pap smears for cervical cancer start at 21 and continue every three years until 65.
To schedule your cancer screening, call Women’s Health Domain or book online today.