Cancer Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

When it comes to health concerns, many people worry about cancer. As a physician focused on you and your health, Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, offers cancer screening to help catch cell changes that may indicate cancer early for better treatment outcomes. For health management from a caring holistic physician, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Cancer

What is cancer?

Cancer occurs when your cells grow abnormally. There are more than 100 different types of cancer, and each presents different symptoms. Types of cancers include:

  • Colon and stomach cancer
  • Breast and prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia

Regular preventive visits to Dr. Koshinski helps her stay on top of your health to monitor for changes that may indicate cancer. She also offers specific testing, including Pap tests for women and colorectal exams for both men and women, to help screen for certain types of cancer. Screenings help catch changes in cells early and may help improve treatment.

What is a Pap test?

A Pap test, also referred to as a Pap smear, checks for cervical cell changes that may indicate cervical cancer. For the convenience of her patients, Dr. Koshinski provides Pap tests at her office.

During a Pap test, which only takes a few minutes, Dr. Koshinski inserts a speculum into your vagina so she can see your cervix. Then, with a special tool, she scrapes off cervical cells, which are then sent to a medical laboratory to get assessed.

Starting at age 21, women should have a Pap test every three years. Once you reach age 30, you may want to combine your Pap test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test to further monitor against cervical cancer.

What is a colorectal exam?

A colorectal exam is a visual inspection of your colon and rectum that allows Dr. Koshinski to look for abnormal mucosal changes or polyps. Types of colorectal exams include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy (FSIG)

Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women in the United States, and it’s recommended that you start screening at age 45. A colonoscopy should be performed every 10 years, while the CT colonography and FSIG should be repeated every five years.

How is cancer treated?

If a screening test comes back positive, Dr. Koshinski refers you to the best doctors in Monterey and the surrounding areas to treat your cancer. Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.

To learn more about cancer and screenings, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.