Cancer Prevention Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

Every year, nearly 2 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Taking steps to protect yourself may help prevent you from being one of the diagnosed. At Primary Medicine of Sherman, with offices in Plano and Sherman, Texas, Robert Hernandez, MD, takes a proactive approach to medicine and specializes in cancer prevention. For an appointment, call the office nearest you today or book online.

Cancer Prevention Q & A

What is cancer prevention?

Cancer prevention refers to the proactive steps you, Dr. Hernandez and his team of nurse practitioners, including Brittany Brown, NP, and Julie Thomison, NP, take to protect yourself from cancer. This may include lifestyle changes, cancer screenings, and the use of medications or vaccines that prevent cancer from developing. 

What are common cancer screenings?

Primary Medicine of Sherman is a full-service primary care practice that focuses on preventive health. When you come in for care, Dr. Hernandez and his team may recommend cancer screenings to assess your risk depending on your gender and age. 

Some of the cancer screenings offered include:

Prostate screening

To assess for risk of prostate cancer, the team conducts a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Though not definitive, an elevated PSA may be an indicator of prostate cancer.

Skin cancer screening

Skin cancer is very common and the team conducts an evaluation of your skin during your annual physical to look for abnormal skin growths.

Pap smears

A Pap smear checks for changes in cervical cells that may be early indicators of cervical cancer. Women should begin Pap smears at age 21 and continue every three years up until age 65 unless otherwise directed by Dr. Hernandez and his team.

Mammograms

To assess a woman’s risk for breast cancer, the team offers mammograms. 

Depending on your lifestyle and family history, Dr. Hernandez and his team may suggest other cancer screenings, such as lung, ovarian, or thyroid screens.

What steps can I take for cancer prevention?

Dr. Hernandez and his team work closely with you to develop a plan of action that protects you from cancer. In addition to the screenings, Dr. Hernandez may also:

  • Provide nutritional counseling for cancer prevention
  • Develop an exercise program for better health
  • Update your vaccinations
  • Offer smoking cessation

Certain health conditions may also increase your risk of cancer, such as diabetes and obesity. Dr. Hernandez and his team can also help you manage these health conditions to improve health and reduce your risk.

For many people, cancer is a scary word. But you can take steps that may help protect you from developing cancer. For cancer prevention, call Primary Medicine of Sherman today or request an appointment online.