Cancer Specialist


Geriatrics & Internal Medicine located in Boynton Beach, FL

Although cancer can result in a number of serious health issues, advancements in cancer screening and treatment are improving survival rates. At Seacrest Medical Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, the team provides preventive services to help patients determine and manage their risk for cancer. Led by board-certified physician Jean Etienne, MD, the team specializes in compassionate, personalized patient care. To speak about your cancer risks, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Cancer Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancer refers to a number of conditions that cause abnormal cell growth. Cancer is the result of mutations or changes to the DNA of your cells. 

The DNA within each of your cells is responsible for controlling cell functions like growth and division. When this DNA is altered, it can cause rapid, uncontrolled, or incorrect cell growth. Cancer can affect tissue anywhere in the body and often results in masses of tissue known as tumors. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Certain conditions like leukemia, which affects the blood, cause abnormal cell growth but don’t form tumors. Cancer can affect a number of different areas of the body, resulting in a number of different symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of cancer?

Symptoms of cancer include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sudden or unintended weight loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent muscle or joint pain
  • Unexplained bleeding

A telltale sign of a tumor is a lump or thickened area that can be felt under the skin. Many patients diagnosed with cancer don’t experience symptoms. If you suspect you’re at risk for cancer, the team at Seacrest Medical Group can provide you with an in-depth evaluation of your health. 

Who is at risk for cancer?

Although the exact cause of cancer is unknown, there are several factors closely linked to an increased risk. These include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Chemical exposure
  • Underlying medical conditions

Certain lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of developing cancer. Smoking, excessive drinking, excessive sun exposure, and obesity can all increase your risk of cancer. At Seacrest Medical Group, the team helps you determine your risks and the best ways to manage your long-term health. 

What are the types of cancer screenings?

The team at Seacrest Medical Group provides cancer screening to help patients stay on top of their risks. Cancer screening is essential in preventing and treating cancer. With advancements in cancer screening, many patients can detect their conditions earlier, increasing their chances of successful treatment. 

There are a number of routine tests used to screen for different cancers, including:

  • Breast exam
  • Physical exam
  • Digital rectal exam
  • Testicular exam
  • Pap test

Once you’re evaluated, the next step is addressing your results. If your screening shows signs of cancer, the team guides you through treatment. Cancer is easiest to treat during the beginning stages, so early detection is key. 

To speak with the team about your cancer risks, book an appointment at Seacrest Medical Group by phone or online today.