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Cancer Screening Specialist

Gary Goff MD

Internal Medicine located in Dallas, TX

While the idea of cancer can be quite scary, modern advancements in detection and treatment have created better outcomes for many kinds of cancers. Properly screening for cancer is an important step, especially as you age. At the office of Gary E. Goff, MD, the highly trained team utilize cutting-edge practices to screen their patients for cancer, helping them live longer and healthier lives. Call the Dallas office or go online today to schedule your first appointment.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What is cancer screening?

As you age, your risk of cancer increases. While this is a scary prospect for many people, improvements in early detection and treatment have led to better treatment outcomes for millions of Americans.

A very important aspect of this improvement in cancer treatment is routine cancer screenings. Cancer screenings at the office of Gary E. Goff, MD, includes a consultation with your doctor and certain tests to detect the presence of cancer. While guidelines vary depending on your age and gender, the goal is the same: To detect cancer at an early stage and to maximize treatment outcomes.

Dr. Goff and his team have extensive cancer screening experience for both men and women.

What type of cancer screening do I need?

The office of Gary E. Goff, MD, follows The American Cancer Society’s recommendations regarding proper cancer screening protocols. The specific protocols vary depending on the age, sex, and personal history of the patient. The team determines your specific needs and provides accurate recommendations based on these needs.

For men, cancer screening usually includes:

  • Prostate
  • Colorectal and polyps
  • Lung

While for women, cancer screening usually includes:

  • Lung
  • Breast
  • Colorectal and polyps
  • Endometrial (uterine)
  • Cervical

This may not be a complete list. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Goff and his team to learn which tests are right for you.

What can I expect at my appointment?

Initially, your care provider at the office of Gary E. Goff, MD, conducts a thorough physical examination. In addition, they will take a thorough medical history, including the medical history of your family members. Depending on your age, gender, and unique history, your provider may order certain tests such as an X-ray, CAT scan, and blood tests, among others. With this information, you will discuss your situation and conduct any further tests or treatment as needed.

How can I reduce my risk of cancer?

In addition to properly screening for cancer to help with early detection, it is also beneficial to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your overall risk of developing cancer. Many of these changes also can help to reduce your risk of other serious conditions. These lifestyle changes include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Losing weight if overweight
  • Properly protecting your skin from the sun
  • Quitting smoking
  • Consuming less alcohol
  • Eating plenty of high oxidant foods such as fruits and vegetables

Properly looking after and monitoring your cancer risk can help you live longer and healthier, letting you spend more time with the people you love.

To learn more about cancer screening, call the office of Gary E. Goff, MD, or go online today to schedule your first appointment.