Cancer Screening

Discover Health

Integrative Family Medicine & Naturopathic Doctors located in North Beach, San Francisco, CA & San Mateo, CA

Cancer prevention is, by far, one of the best things you can do for your health. By detecting cancer early, integrative family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis can address your cancer early and may be able to stop it before it metastasizes throughout your body. At Discover Health, located in San Francisco’s North Beach, these doctors use multiple screening tools to optimize your health. To learn more about cancer screenings contact the Discover Health today. Call to schedule your appointment or book online.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What are cancer screenings?

Cancer screenings are tests that allow Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin to look for early signs of cancer in patients, even if they don’t have symptoms. These tests allow for early cancer detection, which can make the condition easier to treat. Early detection also enables your physician to remove the cancerous cells before they spread to other areas of the body.

At Discover Health, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin may recommend screening for a variety of cancers, including:

  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Prostate
  • Skin
  • Cervical
  • Uterine

What are the different types of cancer screenings?

When Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin see you for a cancer screening test, they may request numerous procedures, depending on your needs. For general cancer screening, they recommend regular:

  • Mammograms
  • Pap smears
  • Prostate examinations
  • Mole mapping
  • Colonoscopy

Your physician may also suggest comprehensive laboratory testing to look for cancer indicators and genetic markers that put you at a higher risk of developing certain types of cancers.

What is mole mapping?

Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin use the innovative FotoFinderⓇ for mole mapping. This computerized mole mapping procedure takes clear photos of your moles, allowing your doctor to compare photos each year, looking for abnormal cell growth and changes to already existing moles.

You can also use the photos for self-examination, comparing moles that you think may be new or changing.

Who should get screened for cancer?

Even if you’re not having symptoms, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin recommend having cancer screenings at certain ages. If you’re of average risk, they suggest testing for:

  • Breast cancer around 40
  • Colon and rectal cancer at 50
  • Cervical cancer at 21
  • Uterine cancer after menopause
  • Prostate cancer around 50

If you’re at a high risk of developing particular types of cancers, your physician may suggest cancer screenings start earlier. If you’re a smoker or are high risk for lung disease, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Lin may recommend lung cancer screening starting during your mid-50s.

If you’re looking for comprehensive cancer screening, contact Dr. Lewis or Dr. Lin. Call Discover Health today to schedule your appointment or book it easily online.