Cancer screening tests look for cancer before any symptoms appear. These tests can find precancerous conditions, as well as active cancer. The sooner a cancer is detected, the greater the chance of a cure or remission.
Breast Cancer Screening
A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast to screen for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women be screened for breast cancer beginning at age 45. If you are due for a mammogram, your provider will give you an order to have it done at an imaging center.
Cervical Cancer Screening
A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix. The American Cancer Society recommends that women be screened for cervical cancer beginning at age 21. Pap smears can be done in our office, or at your gynecologist’s office.
Colon Cancer Screening
A colonoscopy is a screening test that allows your doctor to view the inner lining of your large intestine. This helps to find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50. This screening must be done at a surgical center and requires general anesthetic.
If you are due for a colonoscopy, your provider will give you an order for one. You will need to call a gastroenterologist to schedule this procedure.
Prostate Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society recommends that men be screened for prostate cancer beginning at age 50. Prostate cancer screening tests include the digital rectal examination (DRE) and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.