Cancer Prevention at Duly Health and Care

In addi­tion to a healthy diet and exer­cise, reg­u­lar screen­ings can active­ly reduce your risk for devel­op­ing can­cer. That’s why it’s so impor­tant to fol­low rec­om­men­da­tions for can­cer screenings. 

Screen­ings are used to detect can­cer in peo­ple who have lit­tle to no symp­toms. Reg­u­lar screen­ings give you the best chance of find­ing can­cer ear­ly — when it’s small and before it has spread. Duly Health and Care offers var­i­ous can­cer screen­ings to help you live your health­i­est, hap­pi­est life.*

Breast Can­cer: Mam­mo­grams are used to detect ear­ly signs of breast can­cer. Start­ing at age forty, it is rec­om­mend­ed to have year­ly mam­mo­grams. This is an impor­tant step in breast can­cer pre­ven­tion as 75 per­cent of women who are diag­nosed with breast can­cer are of aver­age risk with no fam­i­ly his­to­ry of the dis­ease or oth­er high-risk factors. 

Cer­vi­cal Can­cer: Cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to can­cer. Start­ing at age twen­ty-one, the screen­ing includes reg­u­lar pap smears that can also test for human papil­lo­mavirus (HPV). Your provider con­sid­ers your age and pri­or med­ical his­to­ry to deter­mine the fre­quen­cy of your screenings.

Colon Can­cer: Colono­scopies are per­formed for colon can­cer screen­ing begin­ning at age forty-five and are repeat­ed approx­i­mate­ly every ten years based on medical/​family his­to­ry. Approx­i­mate­ly 95 per­cent of all colon can­cers are detect­ed by a colonoscopy. Dur­ing a colonoscopy, polyps are removed pre­vent­ing them from turn­ing into can­cer. There are oth­er tests avail­able for screen­ing such as Colo­guard and CT Colonog­ra­phy. Talk to you provider about what screen­ing option is right for you. 

Lung Can­cer: Lung can­cer screen­ings are rec­om­mend­ed for those between fifty to eighty years of age and have a his­to­ry of smok­ing. These screen­ings are com­plet­ed via a low dose CT scan of the lungs. Up to 80 per­cent of lung can­cers iden­ti­fied by the screen­ing are at an ear­ly stage. Your provider will help you deter­mine if a lung can­cer screen­ing is right for you. We also have a smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­gram which helps to con­nect cur­rent smok­ers with an expe­ri­enced pul­monary med­i­cine provider to edu­cate and pro­vide sup­port for those look­ing to quit. 

Prostate Can­cer: Urol­o­gists rec­om­mend screen­ing MRIs start­ing at age four­ty-five to detect prostate can­cer for any­one diag­nosed with an ele­vat­ed Prostate Spe­cif­ic Anti­gen (PSA) lev­el. Ele­vat­ed PSA lev­els can be iden­ti­fied by your pri­ma­ry care physi­cian through a sim­ple blood test. 

Skin Can­cer: Dur­ing a skin can­cer screen­ing, a der­ma­tol­ogy provider will exam your skin from head to toe look­ing for any changes in the skin that could be sus­pi­cious for skin can­cer. Skin can­cer screen­ings should be com­plet­ed at least once per year and some­times more often if you have a his­to­ry of skin can­cer or oth­er risk fac­tors. We rec­om­mend an annu­al skin exam if you have any of these risk fac­tors: greater than 50 moles, his­to­ry of or cur­rent tan­ning bed use, his­to­ry of sun­burn, fam­i­ly his­to­ry of melanoma, per­son­al his­to­ry of skin can­cer, immune sup­pres­sion, immune com­pro­mised (or weak­ened immune sys­tem), his­to­ry of radi­a­tion treat­ment, his­to­ry of burns, or his­to­ry of organ transplant.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Most can­cer screen­ings are cov­ered as a pre­ven­tive exam by most com­mer­cial insur­ance com­pa­nies. Sched­ule online or by call­ing your Duly pri­ma­ry provider. 

*Depen­dent on age, fam­i­ly his­to­ry and oth­er health fac­tors, your provider might cus­tomize your screen­ing care plan to fit your health needs. 

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