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Cancer Screening Specialist

Medwell Medical and Aesthetic

Indira Madapati, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics Center located in East Windsor, NJ & Lawrenceville, NJ

If you have a family history of cancer or concerns that you might have cancer, Dr. Indira Madapati at Medwell Medical and Aesthetic in East Windsor, New Jersey, offers cancer screenings, including genetic testing for men and women, which is an advanced test that evaluates your risk based on your genetic profile. Call today or book an appointment online to learn more about cancer screenings.

Cancer Screening Q & A

Who needs to get screened for cancer?

Everyone should get screened for cancer, especially the most common types, like breast, colon, and cervical cancer. Identifying abnormalities in your cells early may help improve your treatment outcomes.

What is a genetic cancer screening?

Genetic cancer screening is an advanced screening test that looks for specific inherited traits in your genes that may indicate that you’re predisposed to developing certain types of cancer.

Dr. Madapati tests for genes that are linked to cancers, such as:

  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 (indicators for breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer)
  • TP53 (breast cancer, bone cancer, or leukemia)
  • APC (colon cancer)
  • RET (thyroid cancer)

It’s important to note that even if Dr. Madapati identifies you’re a genetic risk for a certain type of cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s guaranteed. There are many factors at play, including whether the gene you have is dominant or recessive.

What other tests are available for cancer screening?

In addition to genetic testing, Dr. Madapati also screens women for cervical cancer with a Pap smear during a gynecological examination. During this exam, Dr. Madapati scraps cells from your cervix, which are sent to a lab and evaluated for abnormalities.

She also screens men for risk of prostate cancer through a physical examination and a prostate-specific antigen test, which may indicate that additional testing is needed.

What do I do if my test comes back positive?

If your cancer screening test comes back with questionable results, Dr. Madapati may recommend additional testing or refer you to a specialist for further care.

If your genetic testing indicates that you’re a carrier of a certain type of cancer, Dr. Madapati may talk to you about ways to reduce your risk, such as quitting smoking, making better food choices, or making changes to your lifestyle. She may also recommend additional screenings or more specialized tests to stay on top of your health, or refer you to a genetic counselor who can further discuss your risks and chances of passing on those genetic traits to your children.

For thorough cancer screenings, call Medwell Medical and Aesthetic or schedule an appointment online today.