Cancer Screening Specialist

Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

Dr. Larry Overcash and Erin Overcash are medical professionals who serve the residents of Peoria, Illinois. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many different illnesses and conditions associated with women’s health.

Cancer Screening Q & A

What Are Hereditary Cancer Screenings?

Hereditary cancer screenings can determine if a woman is genetically predisposed to certain types of cancer, including breast, uterine, and ovarian forms. These tests are extremely beneficial in uncovering genetic links to both BRCA 1 and 2. “BRCA” stands for “Breast Cancer” genes. BRCA 1 and 2 are the most common genes identified with breast cancer. The mutations of these genes appear as identifiers in the hereditary cancer screening tests and allow women the opportunity to find out how high their risk really is for cancer. Heredity cancer screenings give women a good idea as to what type of risk they are facing, allowing them to take proactive measures in making lifestyle changes.

Who Should Be Tested?

Any woman who has had a family member diagnosed with a type of breast cancer associated with either BRCA 1 or 2 should be tested. Women who have had any type of cancer in the past, including ovarian and uterine, should have a cancer screening performed. It is widely known that many types of cancers are genetically predisposed, and family members of those who have been diagnosed with the disease are more at risk. Anyone who has family members who have had cancer of the reproductive organs should consider getting tested, even if they are in their 20s. Cancer can strike at any time, and knowing a patient’s risk is the best way to try and prevent it.

What Types of Cancers Are Looked for?

Hereditary cancer screenings are beneficial at finding various types of breast cancer aside from those caused by mutations in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes. Cancer screenings are available for all types of feminine cancers, including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers. Most types of screenings are performed during a woman’s annual pelvic exam. Hereditary cancer screenings that involve genetics are more in-depth than mammograms and can detect factors that may lead to cancer in the future. The predisposition to certain types of cancers allows doctors and patients to be more proactive by altering lifestyle habits and taking other precautions.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept several insurance plans from many different providers. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.

Blue Cross
Coventry Health Care
Health Alliance PPO
Health Partner
United Healthcare