Cancer is a group of diseases that involve the uncontrollable division of abnormal cells. Cancerous cells invade the tissues and spread to other areas of the body. There are more than 100 types of cancer, which cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people each year in the U.S. Early detection of cancer with imaging studies such as MRIs, CT scans, mammograms, and others give patients the best hope of survival. The most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the U.S. are prostate, breast, and lung cancers.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 238,000 new diagnoses of prostate cancer in the U.S. were anticipated for 2013. It is most commonly diagnosed in older men who are African-American and have a family history of the disease. Men who experience pain with ejaculation, low back pain, and problems passing urine should see their doctors. A doctor may provide a referral to an imaging center for tests to determine if these symptoms indicate prostate cancer.
Breast cancer is highly prevalent among women; however, it may also be diagnosed in men. Like prostate cancer, the risk of breast cancer increases with age and family history. You may also be at a higher risk if you went through menopause after the age of 55 or began your periods before the age of 12, or if you have used hormone replacement therapy. Talk to your doctor about when you should start having screening mammograms and schedule a diagnostic mammogram at an imaging center right away if you notice abnormalities with your breasts.
Lung cancer is most often caused by smoking cigarettes. However, some people develop lung cancer after exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide sprayed by the military during the Vietnam War. Other risk factors include exposure to radiation and asbestos. See your doctor to discuss imaging studies if you experience a persistent, worsening cough, bloody cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
When accuracy matters, you can rely on the experts at Southwest Diagnostic for your imaging studies. Our caring team of professionals provides CT scans, MRIs, mammograms, and more. Dallas-area residents are encouraged to call our imaging center at (888) 530-1053 to learn more about MRIs, CT scans, and other tests.