There have been many wonderful advances in recent years in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Webster, TX internist Dr. Janis Fowler-Gulde is proud to bring many of these innovations to her patients through compassionate and state-of-the-art cancer screenings for patients of all ages and backgrounds.
At its core, "cancer" is a broad term that describes a condition which certain abnormal cells in your body begin to grow uncontrollably. Many times, this abnormal cellular activity happens for a long time before any of the typical cancer symptoms appear (such as unexplained weight loss, abnormal bumps and bruises, unusual pain, night sweats, fevers, and fatigue).
Cancer screening is a way to check your body for the presence of cancer before any symptoms develop. This is vital because it increases your chance of early cancer detection, which means that treatment can begin before the cancer has progressed to a more severe stage. In many cases, this can drastically improve your outcome and prevent the risk of recurrence.
Everyone should be screened for at least some types cancers at various stages in life. Different types of cancer have specific guidelines on how often men and women should get tested. After reviewing both your family and personal medical history, Dr. Fowler-Gulde can make specific recommendations on which types of cancer screenings you may need to safeguard your health.
People with specific risk factors for certain cancers -- including people with a strong family history or known genetic mutations -- typically should be screened more often.
Different cancers are screened in different ways. For example, breast cancer can be screened for by taking an X-ray image of the breast, called a mammography. Cervical cancer can be screened for via a gynecological exam and Pap smear. Prostate cancer can be screened for through the use of a digital rectal exam and specific blood tests.
At Webster Clinic, we provide discreet and compassionate care for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. If a cancer screening reveals you may have a specific type of cancer, we'll be able to connect you with all the necessary health care professionals and support groups to help you deal with your stress and determine the best course of treatment for you.
Webster Clinic works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.