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      Cancer Screening/Cancer Early Detection Testing in Palo Alto, CA

      Pre-Cancer Screening Palo Alto CA

      Cancer is always an unwelcome diagnosis that takes most people by surprise. Even when they’ve been ignoring signs and symptoms for a while, people have a hard time believing it’s really happening to them. However, if you’re going to receive the diagnosis, you want to receive it as early as possible in the disease. We all know that early detection is key to fighting and winning against cancer.

      There is a complex array of symptoms that, put together, can alert you to cancer, and it’s important not to ignore them – and screening for cancer can be a critical step.

      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we make sure our patients have actionable options for cancer screening and early cancer detection testing. To schedule a confidential consultation with Water’s Edge Natural Medicine – or to order the tests by mail - complete the form below or call us at (650) 240-4868!

      What is Cancer Screening?

      Screening tests can help reduce the advancement of the disease process and allow treatment in time to save or prolong life. Cancer screening is an important step in catching cancer early. You can screen for cancer before its telltale symptoms appear, making it easier to treat – and improving your prognosis if it is cancer.

      Risk Factors for Developing Cancer

      It makes sense to screen for cancer when you have symptoms, but by that time, the cancer may be advanced. It’s more important to use cancer screening tools before you have symptoms. Why would you screen for cancer if you have no symptoms? Risk factors would be one reason. There are a variety of risk factors that may not cause it but can definitely increase your chances of developing cancer, including:

      • Genetics - a personal or family history of cancer
      • Some types of viral infections, such as human papillomavirus (HPV)
      • Chemical or radiation exposure
      • Excessive sun exposure
      • Alcohol or tobacco use
      • Obesity
      • Aging

      Possible Symptoms of Cancer

      Most symptoms that cause alarm and make you consider the possibility of cancer actually have another explanation, so our list below is not meant to scare you. These symptoms could easily be caused by some other illness, an injury, or even a benign tumor. Even if you do have cancer, it may be a form of cancer that is easier to treat than others – or it may be in its early stages, but it’s important to know what the symptoms are.

      Don’t wait until you experience pain or severe symptoms before being seen. It’s rare that a cancer will cause severe symptoms or pain in its early stages, so if you wait until your symptoms are severe, it may worsen your prognosis.

      Each individual may experience a different combination of symptoms, and there are a wide range of symptoms that could signal any of the many forms of cancer. The symptoms that give us the greatest cause for concern are those symptoms that don’t get better within a few weeks. Some early symptoms of the most common cancers might include:

      • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
      • Swelling or lumps in the groin, stomach, neck, underarm, or breasts
      • Any breast changes – not only lumps but changes in the skin or nipples
      • Skin changes that turn scaly or bleed, new moles or changes to moles, sores that don’t heal
      • Bladder problems – pain or difficulty urinating, blood in urine
      • Changes in bowel habits or blood in stool
      • Unexplained neurological problems
      • Severe or unusual fatigue that doesn’t improve after rest
      • Cough or hoarseness that does not go away
      • Problems eating or swallowing, belly pain, changes in appetite, nausea or vomiting
      • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
      • Fever or night sweats with no known cause
      • Mouth changes, like bleeding, numbness, pain, white or red patches on your tongue or anywhere on the inside of your mouth
      • Seizures
      • New, unexplained hearing or vision problems
      • Drooping of the face
      • Jaundice

      To provide a proper diagnosis – whether it’s cancer or something else - we will conduct thorough testing and a comprehensive medical evaluation. It is important to understand your particular symptoms and their origin during the diagnosis stage of your treatment at Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, so we will need you to make a thoughtful, comprehensive list.

      If your symptoms give us cause for concern and suggest cancer, we will provide you every available venue for screening, testing, diagnosis, treatment and any necessary referrals to cancer specialists and clinical trials.

      The Importance of Early Detection

      There are two distinct approaches to early detection—screening and early diagnosis. Early detection, combined with prompt treatment, can help avoid more aggressive treatments and is associated with significantly reduced mortality in many cancers. When diagnosed early – before they begin to spread – the five-year survival rates are four times higher than cancers discovered later. Unfortunately, about 70 percent of cancers are caused by the very cancers that are not normally screened for.

      Cancer Screening and Testing Options

      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Seattle, WA, we offer the following cancer screening and testing options:

      Galleri Pre-Cancer Screening Test: Galleri is a multi-cancer early-detection test that screens for 50 different cancers - many of which are not normally screened for – with a simple blood draw. Unfortunately, the test is not as sensitive to a few cancers that we are most looking for in our patients. It only has a 51% sensitivity to the 12 cancers that make up 2/3 of the most common cancers. However, used as a complement to single cancer screening, it is still one of the most helpful screening tools on the market.

      The Galleri test can be included in a routine visit at our offices, so if you are interested, please don’t hesitate to discuss with us if the Galleri test is right for you. We not only offer this screening test in our offices, but we can also ship out the testing kit to our out-of-state patients.

      If a cancer signal is found, the results can point to where in the body the cancer is coming from – which can help guide our next steps. For more information about this essential screening test, visit the Galleri site.

      In addition to the Galleri test, we can offer referrals for the Prenuvo Full Body Scan . There are different versions of the scan at different costs – and the Prenuvo scan can detect conditions ranging from cancer to spinal conditions to MS. Prenuvo can scan solid organs of your chest, abdomen, and pelvis for solid tumors 1.5cm or larger. The pelvis scan is sensitive to smaller prostate, cervical, uterine and ovarian tumors. It can also scan the head and neck for brain and neck tumors, including larynx, tongue and oral cancers.

      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Seattle, WA, we are committed to an accurate diagnosis as the first step in treating cancer. Early cancer screening and testing can help us determine whether cancer is a potential health concern for you.

      Request Your Appointment Today!

      If you have symptoms, risk factors or concerns, we invite you to reach out to us. Perhaps you simply want to do cancer screenings on a regular basis as part of a prevention lifestyle – and we will support you in doing that. We have many lifestyle and treatment modalities geared to cancer prevention as well.

      We can answer any questions you may have about your symptoms and our methods for screening and early detection of cancer. Our goal is to be with you at each step – ensuring you receive the best in timely screening, testing, diagnosis and any necessary treatment.

      Compile your list of symptoms, and call Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Palo Alto, CA to schedule a consultation today! Contact us online or call us at (650) 240-4868!


      Our Location

      326 Bryant Street
      Palo Alto, CA 94301

      Phone: (650) 240-4868
      Fax: (650) 494-4939

      Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
      Tuesday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
      Wednesday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
      Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
      Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
      Saturday: Closed
      Sunday: Closed

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      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we are unable to process and rely on insurance claims for payment. Your insurance may pay for some of our services, though, and we will be happy to provide specific necessary codes so that you can file for reimbursement. Learn more.

      Please do not submit any Personal Health Information (PHI). Current Patients can reach us via phone at (206) 966-4522