Marching Forward with Early Detection
NY Imaging is dedicated to providing advanced imaging services such as Ultrasound, PET/CT, CT, MRI, and 3D mammography to aid in the detection and diagnosis of various types of cancers. With March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, and National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, we emphasize the importance of early detection and screening for these cancers.
All of these cancers can be serious and life-threatening, but with early detection and treatment, the chances of survival increase significantly. One of the most important tools for early detection is screening and diagnostic imaging.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. Regular screening starting at age 50 is recommended for those at average risk, and earlier for those with a family history or other risk factors. There are several screening tests available, including colonoscopy, which is the most effective at detecting and preventing colorectal cancer. Other tests include stool tests and virtual colonoscopy. Diagnostic imaging, such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may also be used to diagnose and stage colorectal cancer.
Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in men and the tenth most common cancer in women. Early-stage kidney cancer may not present with any symptoms, which is why screening is important. Imaging tests, such as CT scans and MRIs, can detect kidney tumors before they become symptomatic. Other tests, such as urine tests and blood tests, may also be used to screen for kidney cancer.
Multiple Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells in the bone marrow. It is the second most common blood cancer after leukemia. There are no routine screening tests for multiple myeloma, but diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans, may be used to diagnose and stage the disease. Blood and urine tests may also be used to detect abnormal proteins and other markers of the disease.
The Importance of Early Detection
Screening and diagnostic imaging play a crucial role in the early detection and diagnosis of these cancers. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and long-term survival. For example, the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is over 90% when caught in the early stages.
If you are at risk for any of these cancers or are experiencing symptoms, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about screening and diagnostic imaging options. Don't wait until it's too late.Make an appointment today.