Early Cancer Detection Specialist

Internal Medicine Specialist located in Edina, MN

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Early Cancer Detection

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death, but early detection and treatment can help you beat the disease. At The Doctor's House in Edina, Minnesota, Adepero Okulaja, MD, offers early cancer detection to reduce your risk of advanced cancer and the complications it can cause. Call the office to schedule early cancer screening or book an appointment online today.

Early Cancer Detection Q & A

What is early cancer detection?

Early cancer detection at The Doctor’s House offers the latest advances in multi-cancer testing. Dr. Okulaja looks for ways to improve the future of her patient's health, so she excitedly offers revolutionary multi-cancer early detection tests using simple, quick blood draws right in her clinic. Results are typically available within 10 business days.

What are some common types of cancer?

Some of the most common types of cancer you or a loved one could encounter include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myeloma (cancer of plasma cells)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Vaginal and vulvar cancers
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Your risk of cancer increases with age, family or personal history of cancer, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and other unhealthy habits.

What are common signs and symptoms of cancer?

Common signs and symptoms you may notice if you have cancer include:

  • Unusual bleeding
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Skin changes
  • Tissue lumps
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bladder changes
  • Ongoing or severe pain
  • Fatigue
  • Other new or unusual symptoms

You might not have any symptoms at all with cancer, at least not initially, which is why routine screening and early cancer detection is important. 

What does early cancer detection consist of?

The type of early cancer detection tools that are best for you depends on the type of cancer you’re being screened for. Dr. Okulaja could recommend a simple blood test, urine test, tissue biopsy, or a swab. Colonoscopies, X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures also help detect cancer in its early stages.

What are common cancer treatments?

If you have cancer, Dr. Okulaja refers you to a specialist as needed for further treatment. In addition to making healthy lifestyle changes, you may need surgery to remove cancerous tissue, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatments to get rid of cancer cells and reduce your risk of serious complications. 

Early cancer detection is the best way to maximize cancer treatment outcomes.

To learn more about early cancer detection available at The Doctor’s House, call the office or use the online scheduler today.