Cancer Screenings

Adel Zakhary, MD -  - Internist

Adel Zakhary, MD

Internist located in Colleyville, TX

Early detection of cancer can make a big difference when treating the disease. To ensure patients throughout Colleyville and the Fort Worth area are healthy, Dr. Zakhary offers advanced cancer screening options.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What is a Cancer Screening?

Screening for cancer is the act of looking for the disease when symptoms are not present. These tests are designed to identify the presence of cancer early on when treatment is more successful. Screening tests are performed to ensure that patients are in good health and do not necessarily mean that the doctor believes you have cancer. These tests are usually performed at a person’s annual physical exam when he or she reaches a certain age. Different tests should be performed at different times of a person’s life.

What Types of Tests Are There?

The most commonly used tests include:

  • Physical exams - assessing the patient’s physical condition for signs of disease including lumps or unusual marks on the skin
  • Laboratory tests - samples of the patient’s urine, blood, tissues, or other substances are collected and sent to a lab to be viewed under a microscope for signs of abnormal cells
  • Imaging- pictures are taken of the inside of a person’s body using x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds

When Should I Get Screened for Cancer?

Different types of cancer should be screened for throughout a person’s life. The guidelines below have been recommended by the American Cancer Society.

  • Breast Cancer - starting at age 45 women should undergo mammograms each year.
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer- beginning at age 50, unless there is a family history of colorectal cancer, then screening should start earlier
  • Cervical Cancer - starting at age 21 women should begin screenings. Between 21 and 29 pap smears should performed every 3 years. Between 30 and 65 women should begin to include HPV testing every five years (after 65, women who have had normal results for previous tests in the past 10 years can discontinue testing for HPV).
  • Lung Cancer - those who smoke and are at a high-risk of developing cancer should be screened.
  • Prostate Cancer starting at age 40 or 50, depending on risk.


Insurances We Accept

We accept Medicare and most commerical forms of insurance. For any insurance related questions, please call our office.