Cancer can be a real worry, would a cancer test be appropriate for you? Did you know that there are other screening tests for cancer that are not currently provided by the NHS? Some of the NHS cancer tests are not available to all age groups, but are available through MediChecks.
For many people the thought of ever having cancer can be a terrible worry or a nagging concern. The NHS do offer screening tests for certain cancers but the limitations of funds and services mean that these tests are not available as often as we might like, or to all age groups.
We do know that if cancers are caught early then the chances of treatment and cure can be much greater. If you have any symptoms or signs that you are worried about then you should see your GP without delay.
On the occasions where cancers are small and not yet big enough to cause symptoms, they can show up on blood tests or stool samples. If they are detected at this early stage then this will mean that any treatment can be started sooner which may increase the long term outlook. If you have a positive cancer test, then your GP will be able to refer you for discussions about further tests and treatments.
Some cancers are detected by measuring certain proteins in the blood, and these can be used to monitor treatment in people who have had that particular cancer, or to see if it might be coming back. The test can also detect unkown small cancers that have not started to cause symptoms yet. Sometimes there is a particular cancer that runs in the family and people would like to monitor themselves for this cancer, or even see if they have the gene that would make them susceptible to it.
A positive test does not necessarily mean you have cancer, and a negative tests does not necessarily mean you don't or never will. These tests are just a guide and while they can be reassuring they can also indicate a need for further investigations.
If you have any symptoms or signs, then discuss it with your doctor. If you would like peace of mind as a one off or on a regular basis, then we can offer a variety of tests to suit your needs.
Any unusual lumps or bumps or change in your normal bodily functions should be checked out. Medichecks screening is designed for people with no symptoms, or for those people who have been reassured by their GP and wish to have the extra reassurance that may not be available on the NHS.