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Cancer Screening

Apopka Medical Center

Dean Behner, MD

Internal Medicine located in Apopka, FL

Even if you have a low risk of cancer, there are certain cancer screenings you should have on a routine basis. At Apopka Medical Center, Dr. Dean Behner offers a comprehensive range of cancer screening services to patients from in and around Apopka, Florida. If you’re due for a screening or have a personal or family history of cancer, call the office or schedule an appointment for testing today.

Cancer Screening Q & A

Why do I need cancer screenings?

Cancer, like many other diseases, doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early — and often more treatable — stages. Having routine screenings for cancer can help Dr. Behner diagnose a problem early so you can get the medical treatment you need to fight your cancer and restore your health.

Cancer screenings are a critical component of preventive health care. When Dr. Behner recommends a test, it doesn’t mean that he thinks you have cancer, it means you’re at a point where your risk for certain types of cancer increases.

What cancer screenings should I have?

Dr. Behner offers a wide range of cancer screening services, but you don’t need to have every test every year. You also need different screenings at different times in your life.

Breast cancer

Dr. Behner screens for breast cancer with manual breast exams and mammograms. Women of all ages should check their breasts at home on a monthly basis, and then Dr. Behner performs manual breast exams at your annual physical. You have the option to start mammograms at age 40, but should have an annual mammogram between the ages of 45-55 and then every year for the rest of your life.

Cervical cancer

Dr. Behner tests for cervical cancer with Pap smears. You should start having Pap smears when you become sexually active or by the age of 21. If you’re in good health and don’t have an increased risk of cervical cancer, this testing schedule is recommended:

  • Age 21-29: Pap test every three years
  • Age 30-64: Pap test and HPV test every five years or just Pap test every three years
  • Age 65 and up: no testing needed if you’ve had normal results for the past 10 years

However, Dr. Behner may recommend a different testing schedule based on what’s best for your individual needs.

Colorectal cancer

Men and women should start having screenings for colorectal cancer by the age of 45. Dr. Behner screens for colorectal cancer with colonoscopy procedures to examine your colon and rectum. He gives you customized advice on how frequently you should have this test based on your personal and family medical history.

Prostate cancer

Men should start having prostate cancer screenings, including PSA tests and digital prostate exams, around the age of 50. If you have an elevated risk of prostate cancer, you may need to begin your screenings sooner, so Dr. Behner provides advice on when to start and how often you should be screened.

Skin cancer

While there aren’t any recommended guidelines for skin cancer screenings, you should pay attention to your skin, including your moles and freckles. If you have a personal or family history of skin cancer or actinic keratosis, talk to Dr. Behner about how often you should have professional skin cancer screenings.

Lung cancer

If you’re over the age of 55 and are a current or former smoker, ask Dr. Behner if you should have a low-dose CT scan to check for signs of lung cancer.

What happens if I have abnormal results?

If any of your cancer screenings come back with abnormal or unclear results, Dr. Behner can order additional testing to confirm your diagnosis, refer you to an oncologist, and coordinate your treatment and care.

Cancer screenings can save your life. Call Apopka Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.