Cancer is a devastating disease in many ways, not the least of which is its lack of early warning. With certain reproductive cancers, however, there are screening tools that can help you better monitor your risks for cancer. At Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, David Martin, MD, has extensive experience helping women in Knoxville, Tennessee, stay one step ahead of cancer through comprehensive cancer screening. To get started, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
There are several reproductive cancers that you can screen for, including:
There are other types of related cancers that can be screened, but these are the most common.
There are several ways that Dr. Martin screens for cancer. It’s important to note that screening not only detects precancerous or early cancer conditions, but he also uses it to determine your risks, even when no warning signs are present.
To accomplish both, Dr. Martin turns to:
This frontline diagnostic tool is essential for all women. Through a Pap test, which is a painless swab of your cervix, Dr. Martin checks for abnormal cells. The presence of these abnormal cells doesn’t mean that you’ll get cancer, but they serve as a warning that there’s potential for the disease to develop if the condition isn’t cleared up.
There are several cancers that may stem from a mutation in your genes, which Dr. Martin can screen for through a simple blood test. If you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, for example, it may be because you inherited a mutation in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In fact, there are 16 known genes that Dr. Martin tests for which may indicate an increased risk for developing ovarian and breast cancer.
If you have genital dysplasia, which is tissue that contains abnormal cells, in your vagina, on your vulva, or on your cervix, Dr. Martin pays close attention to this condition to monitor for the development of cancer. In many cases, he removes the tissue to considerably reduce your risks.
This is a tough question to answer, as no two cases are alike. If Dr. Martin diagnoses the existence of cancer, he takes the necessary steps to help eradicate the disease. If your screening shows you may be at higher risk of developing cancer, he discusses your options with you, which may include taking proactive steps long before cancer has a chance to take hold.
Rest assured, as a gynecologic cancer specialist, Dr. Martin leaves no stone unturned when it comes to reducing your cancer risks.
For comprehensive cancer screening, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or fill out the online form to request an appointment.