The Importance of a Cancer Screening Part 2

A cancer screening is so imperative, we felt the need to inform you even more on the topic. Revisit our previous post on the importance of a cancer screening.

Throughout the country, as well as in Manhattan, cancer screening and public awareness has led to a steady decline in deaths from cancer over the years. Thanks in part to prompt diagnoses by medical professionals like Dr. Shawn Khodadadian of Manhattan Gastroenterology, death from all types of cancer has been reduced by about 1.5 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to the National Cancer Institute. But we can do better. Too many cases still go undetected or are caught too late.

The American Cancer Society expects about 102,500 new cases of colon cancer and 40,300 new rectal cancer diagnoses in the United States in 2013, leading to more than 50,000 deaths. Esophageal cancer is expected to kill about over 12,000 men and almost 3,000 women in 2013.

Many of these deaths could be avoided with simple, painless tests to detect the early warning signs associated with cancer. Detecting the disease in its earliest stages gives you the best chance of successful treatment. Cancer screening in Manhattan can even prevent the disease from developing in the first place.

Cancer Risk Factors

Why some people develop cancer and others don’t often is unpredictable, but researchers have discovered certain risk factors. You can reduce your risk of cancer by avoiding risk factors such as:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • Sunbathing

Other risk factors for cancer, however, can’t be mitigated by your lifestyle choices. Factors such as your age and family history — as well as exposure to certain viruses, ionizing radiation and various chemicals — are unavoidable. If one or more of these known risk factors apply to you, you owe it to yourself take advantage of early screening and detection. Cancer screening in New York City is still the best tool to prevent the disease. Dr. Shawn Khodadadian offers these screening procedure.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It’s also one of the most preventable. Dr. Khodadadian uses a colonoscopy to detect polyps in your colon. Because colorectal cancer can begin in polyps, removing them is a first step toward preventing the deadly disease. A laboratory test can determine if they are cancerous.

Catching the small growths in your colon is the result of regular colorectal cancer screening. This is a powerful weapon for preventing colorectal cancer, and it’s one reason that colon cancer deaths have been declining for the last 20 years. A screening colonoscopy is recommended at the age of 50 and even earlier in some groups such as African Americans (age 45) even if you don’t show any symptoms.

Esophageal Cancer

Men are three times more likely to develop this type of cancer than women. Those with gastroesophageal reflex disease, or GERD, and Barrett’s esophagus are even more at risk.

Esophageal cancer in Manhattan occurs in two main forms: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Both types appear in the 10-to-13-inch tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Dr. Khodadadian visually inspects the lining of your esophagus and collects tissue samples that he sends to the laboratory.

If you are over 50 or have a family history of cancer, come in for a simple cancer screening in New York City. A colonoscopy or upper endoscopy takes no more than a couple of hours. With proper sedation, both are painless, and you’ll return to your daily activities quickly. Contact us today; these tests can save your life.

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