Early detection of cancer increases survival chances to over 90%. Screening tests are a vital part of health care. They can oftentimes catch cancer in it earliest stages, long before any actual symptoms may be noticed. Apollo Cradle’s heath-checks and stringent screening processes help you catch and arrest cancer in early stage.
- Mammogram for Breast Cancer
Women who are over 40 or at high risk for developing breast cancer need to have a regular mammogram. A screening mammogram can detect breast abnormalities that could signal breast cancer. Aside from regular mammograms, women of all ages should perform monthly breast self-exams to check for abnormalities.
- Pap Smear for Cervical Cancer
A pap smear is a highly effective test that screens for cervical cancer in women. The test involves the collecting of cells from the cervix to be examined under a microscope. It is not a diagnostic test, however. That means that if any abnormalities are discovered, more testing will be needed to make a formal diagnosis.
The cervix is the neck of the womb and is located at the top of the vagina. Cervical cancer develops if the cells of the cervix become abnormal and grow out of control. If abnormal cells are caught early, which they often are through the cervical screening program, cancer can often be prevented or treated.
- Pelvic Exam for Gynecologic Cancers
A regular pelvic exam is necessary for all women. A pelvic exam is one of the first steps in diagnosing several conditions such as gynecologic cancers and sexually transmitted diseases. How often a woman needs a pelvic exam varies depending on her risk factors for certain conditions and previous exam findings. A pelvic exam is often accompanied by the pap smear test.
- Ovarian Cancer Screening
There are various types of ovarian cancer. The most common type affects the cells forming the surface layer of the ovaries - the epithelial cells. Epithelial cell cancer makes up 90% of cases of ovarian cancer. The other types of ovarian cancer are mostly germ cell cancers, which arise from the egg-making cells of the ovary. It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he or she suggests a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms.
- Endometrial Cancer Screening
The uterus (womb) is part of the female reproductive system and is located at the top of the vagina. It is where a baby grows during pregnancy. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium and is shed each month as part of your period. Most cancers of the uterus develop in the lining and are called endometrial cancer. Cancer of the uterus can also be called uterine cancer.