Cancer Screening Specialist

Livonia Premier Aesthetics

Internists & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Livonia, MI

You probably know someone whose life has been impacted by cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone. In Livonia, Michigan, the board-certified physicians at Livonia Premier Aesthetics know early detection is invaluable for ensuring a good prognosis. Your doctor assesses your risk factors, health history, and symptoms to order the recommended cancer screenings. To make an appointment, call Livonia Premier Aesthetics or use the convenient online contact form.

Cancer Screening Q & A

Livonia Premier Aesthetics

What are the risk factors for cancer?

Cancer is not one single disease, but a name used to refer to a collection of diseases causing abnormal cell growth in different parts of the body.

As these cells divide, they may form growths or tumors. Benign tumors don’t spread or invade nearby tissue. Cancerous, or malignant, tumors spread in other parts of the body and may return after being removed.

Cancer is a genetic disease caused by changes in the genes that control the way cells function. Many different factors can cause these genetic changes:

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Exposure to carcinogens
  • Family history
  • Hormones
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Radiation
  • Smoking
  • Viruses

Even if you avoid all of these risk factors, your doctor may still order a cancer screening. It can be an essential part of effective preventive care and something you’ll discuss during your routine wellness exam.

How can I reduce my cancer risk?

While there is no definitive way to prevent cancer, there are certainly many things you can do to reduce your risk, including:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Drinking alcohol only in moderation
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising frequently
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Scheduling cancer screenings
  • Quitting smoking

In addition to ordering any cancer screenings, your doctor provides ongoing health and wellness counseling to avoid the risk factors for developing some types of cancer. They help you stay on track to not only prevent disease, but feel good too!

Do I need a cancer screening?

There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most are named for the part of the body where tumors begin to form. The doctors at Livonia Premier Aesthetics generally follow the American Cancer Society’s cancer screening guidelines for adults.

Different cancers have their own screening guidelines based on your age, risk factors, and symptoms. Annual wellness exams are important because they help keep you up-to-date on all important tests and screenings. You should also call your doctor whenever you experience unusual or concerning symptoms.

Survival rates for many types of cancer are improving every year. Early detection is crucial for improving your chances of long-term survival. To find out if you are a candidate for a cancer screening, call or click today.