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Screening options to find cancer early.

Cancer screenings are exams that are done when you're healthy. Many cancers can be treated successfully, or at least kept in check, if caught early enough. We offer a full range of screening tests to identify all types of cancer Find out what screening tests are right for you based on the guidelines below and by talking with your doctor.

Breast

All women age 20 and older should get in the habit of performing regular breast self-exams. Let your doctor know if you notice changes or lumps in your breasts.

Unless there is a family history or additional personal risk for breast cancer, yearly mammograms should begin at age 40.

You can schedule a mammogram online, through MyChart, or by calling (800) 436-7936.

Learn more about breast cancer screenings.


Women's gynecological

Female cancers usually cause no symptoms or show vague symptoms until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage- this makes screening tests especially important. Many times, women mistake them for symptoms of a digestive problem or another gynecological condition.

Women ages 21-39 should have a gynecological (also called a pelvic exam) exam every three years with a primary care provider or gynecologist. During the exam, there are four screening tests:

  • Medical history to identify risk factors
  • Physical exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pap test

A pap test and HPV (human papillomavirus) DNA test should be given every five years from age 30-65.

Doctors may suggest more frequent screenings for women with certain risk factors, such as:

  • genetic testing results
  • history of DES (diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic form of the female hormone estrogen) exposure
  • HIV infection
  • a weak immune system

Learn more about women’s gynecological screenings.

Contact your primary care doctor or gynecologist to schedule a gynecological exam.


Colon and Rectal

Starting at age 50, men and women should be checked for signs of colon cancer. Talk with your doctor about your personal and family history and what colon cancer screening schedule is best for you.

Screenings may include:

  • Colonoscopy: Every 10 years
  • CT colonoscopy: Every five years
  • Double-contract barium enema: Every five years
  • Fecal occult blood test: Yearly
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Every five years
  • If any test besides the colonoscopy comes back positive, a colonoscopy should be performed.

Learn more about colon and rectal cancer screenings.


Lung

If you are a current or former smoker, you’re at risk for lung cancer.

To be eligible for lung cancer screening, you must:

  • Be 55-77
  • Currently smoke, or have quit in the last 15 years
  • Have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or more, or the equivalent (for example, you might have smoked two packs a day for 15 years)

If you are at risk and would like to schedule a lung screening, fill out our online form or call your physician’s office for help scheduling at appointment.


Prostate screening

We follow the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendations for prostate cancer screening. Men should make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. The discussion about screening should take place at:

  • Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65).
  • Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).

Learn more about prostate cancer screenings.


Cancer genetics

The Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling and testing to people with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Although the majority of cancers occur by chance, about 5-10% of cancer cases are hereditary, meaning they run in the family. The purpose of this program is to inform those people at risk for hereditary cancers so they can learn more about genetic testing, cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.