Early cancer detection can significantly increase the chances of successful recovery and allow exploring less invasive treatment options. An early diagnosis is crucial for reducing cancer’s progression. Regular screenings are key in detecting cancer in its initial phases when patients have the best chance of successful treatment.
At Carolina Urgent Care, we are committed to our fight against cancer, and we offer innovative tests that allow us to detect cancer early. Our facility provides mammography, PSA testing, and skin examinations to facilitate early cancer detection.
Our screening methods focus on the Galleri detection test, which detects multiple early-stage cancer types even before symptoms appear. This innovative technique analyzes the genetic markers in the blood to identify any potential carcinogenic signals. Its non-invasive nature provides a confident screening tool for precise diagnoses.
Cancer is characterized by the growth of abnormal cells, which lead to the formation of mass tissue that surrounds multiple organs in the body. There are numerous types of cancer, all affecting different body functions:
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women and originates in the cells of breast tissues. It can also impact men. It can appear in different parts of the breast and is characterized by the arising of multiple signs such as:
- Lumps in the breast or underarms
- Changes in breast size or shape
- Changes in the shape or color of the nipple
- Skin changes like redness, dimpling, or puckering
- Persistent breast pain
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and primarily appears due to exposure to tobacco smoking.
Some other factors like exposure to carcinogens like asbestos and other harmful substances, air pollution, and family history may contribute to its development. The following symptoms are often associated with lung cancer:
- Persistent cough, which worsens over time
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain that increases when coughing, laughing, or deep breathing
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Weight loss
Colon cancer appears in the digestive system, through the colon or rectum, and it's the third most common type of cancer worldwide.
Some of the factors that increase the risk of developing colon cancer are related to genetics and family history. It is usually identified by the presence of:
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Constant diarrhea and constipation
- Anemia, fatigue, and weakness
Early detection of these and other types of cancer allows for timely diagnosis and increases the rate of successful treatments. As it is detected early, the tumor to be treated will likely have a smaller size, making it much more manageable. The American Cancer Society states that the survival rate for most types of cancer, when detected early, can rise up significantly.
Early detection can also mean having a wider range of localized treatment options, such as surgery. Besides being less invasive and effective, these can help radically reduce overall treatment costs.
The Galleri detection test can identify signals shared by over 50 types of cancer, many of which lack recommended screening tests, through a simple blood draw. The development of this screening tool was developed by GRAIL, a biotechnology company focused on early cancer detection. The Galleri test aims to diagnose multiple kinds of cancer at early stages, leading to better recovery results.
The Galleri test examines the blood’s DNA to detect any cancer-related signal. This is performed by drawing a small blood sample and then analyzing it through advanced genomic sequencing techniques. This screening can identify over 50 types of cancer, including breast, lung, colorectal, pancreatic, ovarian, and liver cancers.
Its accuracy of over 99.5% reduces the need for follow-up tests and helps minimize unnecessary diagnostic procedures. A confident diagnosis leads the way to starting treatment plans right away.
Some of the benefits this screening tool offers to patients include:
- Early detection that prevents cancer progression
- Comprehensive screening for a wide range of cancer types
- Non-invasive testing that only requires a simple blood draw
- Improved accuracy that eliminates the need for extra diagnostic procedures
Our professional team at Carolina Urgent Care is ready to assess you and your family through your cancer screening process. Our updated tests are designed to provide the accuracy you need to start a treatment plan quickly.
When you visit our facilities, you’ll be asked to provide information on your medical history, lifestyle, and family history. Once we’ve learned more about your overall health, we will continue to draw a small blood work we will be using to perform the Galleri cancer screening. This will be sent out to the laboratory processing available in our facilities, where the DNA of your blood will be analyzed to identify any cancer-related signal.
The test results will be available in a matter of days, and one of our team members will make sure to guide you and your family through them. Our follow-up services will be available to provide you with any extra information you may need.
We understand that receiving a prompt diagnosis is crucial to identifying the best treatment plan for you At Carolina Urgent Care. We offer screening and lab services without needing an appointment.
You can visit our walk-in facilities, and we’ll make sure to answer any questions you may have about your condition and the testing process. Early cancer detection can save lives. Take a step towards preventive healthcare by booking a screening appointment with our team.