Cancer is one of the most common chronic diseases. Fortunately, it’s often highly treatable when detected early. At Signature Internal Medicine in Frisco, Texas, internal medicine specialists Humera Ahmed, MD, Dina Diehl, DO, and their experienced staff offer cutting-edge cancer screenings to determine the most effective treatment plan for you. They have recently partnered with Galleri for a more comprehensive multi-cancer early detection screening test to look for active cancer.
Some cancers can be inherited and for those patients that have a strong family history of cancer or have been previously diagnosed with cancer we are also offering Ambry genetics testing. Ambry Genetics testing looks at your genetic makeup to identify disease causing mutations that could affect individuals or future family generations.
We also offer Prenuvo scans which is a precise comprehensive full body MRI scan that uses cutting edge software and techniques to detect early cancer and over 500 other common and rare conditions. There are only 6 locations in the US with access to these detailed scans.
Call the office to learn more or enroll with one of our providers.
Cancer screening at Signature Internal Medicine uses various methods to detect or rule out specific types of common cancers. Your provider uses lab tests and other screening tools to ensure you stay as healthy as possible or get treated for cancer before it becomes a serious problem.
The main benefits you can expect when choosing cancer screening at Signature Internal Medicine include:
Signature Internal Medicine providers work closely with cancer specialists, when needed, to help you make a full recovery after having cancer.
To find out if you’re a candidate for cancer screening, your Signature Internal Medicine provider asks about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They also weigh you and check your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs.
Your internal medicine specialist completes a physical exam to evaluate your overall health and wellness. You’re likely a candidate for cancer screening if you have certain risk factors, such as older age, family or personal history of cancer, being a smoker, or symptoms of cancer.
You might not have any cancer symptoms, at least not right away. However, as the disease progresses, you may notice changes in body weight, fatigue, weakness, lumps or bumps, skin changes, blood in your stool or urine, or other unusual symptoms. See your Signature Internal Medicine provider at the first sign of a problem.
Some of the cancer screenings available at Signature Internal Medicine can detect:
Your specialist may recommend a Pap test to screen for signs of cervical cancer, a mammogram to screen for breast cancer, or a colonoscopy to screen for signs of colon cancer.
They might order blood tests, tissue swabs, biopsies, X-rays, a CT scan, or other imaging procedures based on your health, symptoms, and risk factors.
If you have cancer, your Signature Internal Medicine provider refers you to a cancer specialist and follows up with you to ensure your cancer treatments work as designed. They also help you manage unpleasant symptoms of cancer or its treatments.
To learn more about cancer screening at Signature Internal Medicine and find out if it’s right for you, call the office or use the online booking feature today.