Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

Cancer Screening Specialist

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

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "Staff all friendly and great! Dr. Overcash was kind and patient and seemed to know me better than I know myself. Thank you for your kind words."

    Melissa M.
  • Google+

    "Absolutely the best place to go for women's health issues. I have been going for years."

    Janice G.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Overcash never makes you feel rushed. He's very thorough and gives great advice for bettering your health. Very friendly and kind."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Overcash is an amazing physician. He had me back feeling normal after surgery right away. He has delivered all of my children and I would highly recommend!"

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "I give this office an outstanding review; they are very professional and care about your health concerns."

    Sheila R.
Women's Health Institute
7309 North Knoxville Avenue, Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: 309-731-4535
Fax: 309-671-5155
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