Cancer Screening Specialist

1Body1Life

Integrative Functional Medicine Physician & Medical Marijuana Specialist located in Naperville, IL & Chicago, IL

Screening for risk factors for cancer often starts before you have any symptoms or signs of the disease. Cancer screening isn’t for everyone. But if you’re at high risk of developing cancer, like if you have a strong family history of it, your doctor at 1Body1Life could suggest going through some cancer screening tests. The practice has two convenient locations in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois, that welcome new patients for routine and diagnostic appointments.

Cancer Screening Q & A

Are there different types of cancer screenings?

Yes. The screening you need depends on your risk factors or on what your doctor is trying to evaluate. Cancer screening usually starts with a physical exam and a detailed report of your family history. Your doctor also needs to know your own prior medical history, so bring in any reports or lab work you may have.

If your practitioner notices anything abnormal during your physical, such as a lump or tender organ, they can order imaging tests. Cancer screening imaging includes:

  • MRI or CT scan
  • Mammograms
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Ultrasound

Part of cancer screening usually involves blood work, a urinalysis, or stool sample. Your provider looks for biomarkers that are commonly tied to cancer, as well as gene mutations through DNA testing.

Who should request cancer screening tests?

Not everyone needs to go through cancer screening, especially if you’re generally healthy with no family history of cancer. You may consider having your doctor order cancer screening tests if:

  • Your blood work shows an abnormality
  • Your doctor feels a mass
  • You have a sibling, parent, or child with cancer
  • You have a family history of a certain type of cancer
  • You’re over a certain age

Do I need a biopsy if my doctor finds a lump?

Possibly. If your doctor finds a lump during an exam or through imaging tests, they could order a biopsy. This involves collecting a small tissue sample from the lump to determine if it’s cancerous. Some biopsies, including certain types of breast cancer biopsies, can be performed through a needle. This type of biopsy requires your doctor to insert a hollow needle to extract cells for evaluation. It’s quick and can be done right in the office.

Other times, an abnormality or mass might be on an internal organ. In this case, you could need to undergo a minor surgery so your practitioner can remove the mass and send it to the lab for evaluation. No matter which type of biopsy you need, rest assured that you’re in expert hands at 1Body1Life.

If you’re interested in cancer screening, call the office or book your appointment through the online booking tool.