Catching Cancer Early
Offering screenings for various cancers at convenient locations.
Cancer Screenings You Need
Reducing your risk of cancer begins at home with a healthy lifestyle and continues at the doctor’s office with other preventive measures, like certain vaccines and cancer screenings. Screenings can not only detect cancer in the earliest stages, when it’s most treatable, they can also help prevent certain cancers.
Breast cancer screening
Annual screening mammograms are recommended for women ages 40 and older. Your provider may recommend a different screening schedule if you’re at higher risk for breast cancer. Talk with your provider about the screening schedule that’s right for you.
Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal (or colon and rectal) cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the US However, the disease is largely preventable with regular screening and is treatable with early detection. It is widely recommended that colon cancer screenings begin at age 50, however there are certain risk factors that should be taken into consideration when discussing this screening with your provider.
Gynecologic cancer screening
Of gynecological cancers, only cervical cancer has a screening test, known as the Pap test. This test improves your chances for prevention or successful treatment by detecting cell changes early. Based on guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force, we recommend Pap tests for all women between ages 21 and 65.
Lung cancer screening
A low-dose CT screening for lung cancer may be recommended for men and women, ages 55 to 77, who are current or former smokers with a smoking history of 30 pack-years. A referral from a provider is needed for a low-dose lung CT screening. Ask your primary care or family provider for more information and a referral.
Prostate cancer screening
We offer screening for prostate cancer for men ages 55 years and older and those at high risk, particularly African-American men after a discussion of the risks and benefits with your urologist or family provider. Experts may recommend these screening tests either individually or together:
- Digital rectal exam to physically examine the prostate gland
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that measures the level of PSA, a specific protein, in the blood
Skin cancer screening
At CHI Franciscan Cancer Care, we’re committed to improving the health of people throughout our local communities. That’s why we offer skin cancer screenings in our hospitals and clinics, and free screenings for underserved people in the communities we serve. Ask your provider for more information about skin cancer screenings.
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