Cancer Screening

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD -  - Internist

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD

Internist located in Quad Cities, Moline, IL

According to the National Cancer Institute, survival rates for cancer are at an all-time high due in part to an increase in regular cancer screenings in the United States. Hanumantha R. Kolusu, MD, of the Quad Cities offers a variety of cancer screenings from his office, H R Kolusu MDPC, located in Moline, Illinois. For early detection of breast, colon, prostate, skin, and other cancers, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the tissues of the body. Cancerous cells have altered DNA that prevents them from growing, reproducing, healing, and dying correctly. These changes result in overgrowth of the affected cells, which can accumulate and produce tumors.

Not all abnormal cell growth is cancer. Malignant is the term used to identify cells and abnormal growth as cancerous. Benign growths are abnormal cells that aren’t cancerous.

Cancer spreads throughout the body by way of the blood and lymphatic systems, and can damage cells and tissues apart from the original source. Cancer that has spread beyond its place of origin is metastatic and is said to have metastasized.

Early detection of cancer is essential to preventing metastasis and can significantly improve outcomes for every form of cancer.

Why should I get cancer screenings?

Cancer screenings are a preventive measure for identifying cancerous cells before they have damaged cells or metastasized. With early diagnosis of cancer, your chances of survival increase.

Many cancer treatments are most effective when begun in the earliest stages of cancer growth. The earlier cancer growth is detected, the more effective the treatment.

Many forms of cancer don’t show symptoms until they have already caused significant damage to the body. Cancer screenings identify malignancy before you show signs of disease.

Dr. Kolusu utilizes his knowledge of your risk factors and recommendations from the American Cancer Society to determine when you should begin cancer screenings. For the most common types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer, screenings should begin between 40-50 years old for women and men. For skin cancer and cervical cancer, screenings may start in your 20s.

What are some types of cancer screenings?

H R Kolusu MDPC offers a variety of screenings that can help with early detection of cancers, such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Lung cancer

They offer cancer screening services, including:

  • Cancer risk assessment
  • Annual skin assessment, included in your physical exam
  • Breast exam, included with well-woman exam
  • Pap smear, included with well-woman exam
  • Prostate exam, included in male physical exams
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
  • Laboratory testing, including blood work and biopsy
  • Colonoscopy referrals
  • Diagnostic testing referral, including ultrasound and CT
  • In-house X-ray

If you show signs or you’re at high risk for less common types of cancer, Dr. Kolusu performs or refers you for cancer screenings as needed. He and his team are committed to lowering your risk for cancer by providing every opportunity for early detection.

To determine your risk for cancer and to have routine cancer screening, call or schedule an appointment online with H R Kolusu MDPC today.