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Some adults — depending on age, gender or other risk factors — may need periodic exams for other cancers, such as those of the skin, ovaries or oral cavity. Here’s just one example: Fair-skinned people who spend a lot of time outdoors and have a history of sunburns may be at higher risk for skin cancer.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital-affiliated internal medicine physician Dr. Lloyd Kuritsky, stresses the importance of early detection. “Many diseases are symptom-free until it may be too late. Early detection and treatment of many cancers can be lifesaving.”
Colon and Rectal Cancer
People with an average risk for colorectal cancer should have one of these tests beginning at age 50. Ask your doctor which test you should have.
After menopause, women who have bleeding or spotting should tell their doctors, who may order screenings.
Men at average risk for prostate cancer don’t need testing. Beginning at age 50, men may choose to have an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a digital rectal exam (DRE).
Find a San Diego Oncologist
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego oncologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.