In 5 Simple Steps

Step 4:

Establish your medical team

Accurate diagnosis and timely treatment require a medical team. Spotting a sign or symptom does not mean you have cancer. It does require an evaluation by a medical professional to diagnose the potential issues and if necessary recommended proper treatment. A medical team, based on family history, race/ethnicity, and your current health, can help you to develop a monitoring and testing plan for your long-term wellness. (108, 109)

Why establish your team now?

It is easier to select a medical team when there is no crisis. This gives you time to research for providers you trust, have confidence in, and with whom you have established a rapport. When you are sick or need immediate medical attention, you want to be comfortable seeing someone you know and trust and, even more importantly, someone who knows YOU and your medical history. It is easier to obtain a timely appointment or referral if you are a regular patient. You need the ability to schedule regular doctor visits, routine testing, and imaging that can help catch small problems before they become serious. The medical team will maintain your baseline in their records. We have provided a baseline form for you to complete and use as a reference to monitor your body. 

How to find a primary care doctor


Diagnosis involves a complex and dynamic involvement of the patient, family, doctors, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals. Ensure you get a definitive diagnosis within a few weeks or seek a second opinion.

Your help in the diagnosis process(118, 119, 120, 121)


You should always take an active part in your healthcare and getting a second opinion is an important part of that process.


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Act Now!
  1. Meet with selected primary doctor to establish a baseline

  2. Develop your follow up plan and schedule with your medical team

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