The earlier cancer is found and treated, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful. Cancer prevention and early detection of cancer and precancerous conditions are priorities at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, and our experts offer a comprehensive range of cancer screening exams to our patients and community.
Because no two patients have the same cancer risks, Scripps physicians personalize your recommendations to help you determine which cancer screening tests you may need, when to have them, and why they are important to your health.
Cancer screening tests look for signs of cancer in a person who has no cancer symptoms. Screening exams are done to find cancer in its earliest stages, before it causes symptoms. Screening tests also may look for precancerous conditions, such as abnormal changes in cells, which may turn into cancer if not treated.
There are different types of screening tests, including:
- Physical examinations (such as a skin cancer exam)
- Imaging tests (such as a mammography to screen for breast cancer)
- Laboratory tests (such as a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer)
Your physician will recommend specific cancer screening tests for you based on your health, medical history and any risk factors you have that may increase your risk of cancer.
Cancer screening recommendations depend on several factors, including your:
- Personal health profile
- Family medical history
- Risk factors
Your doctor can tell you which screening exams you should have and when.
We work hard to combat cancer in the community before patients come to our care facilities. Our cancer control screening and education programs serve people in the local community who may have limited access to primary care services.