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Cancer Screening

Cancer prevention and screening are valuable tools in identifying risk factors for developing another cancer. Talk to your doctor about which screenings and prevention steps are right for you.

  • Screening Exams 
    Screening for breast, colorectal, prostate, skin, cervical, and testicular cancer is an easy and effective way to check for possible signs of cancer. Screening exams can diagnose cancer at the earliest stages, when treatment will be the most effective. Your annual physical exam is an ideal opportunity for screening exams recommended for your age and other cancer risk factors. Self-exams are also recommended for some cancers. Our cancer screening fact sheet has more helpful cancer screening and prevention tips.
  • Smoking Cessation
    Not smoking is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer. Smoking and tobacco use are associated with 15 different kinds of cancer and approximately 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Smoking also increases your risk for heart and chronic lung disease. There are national programs readily available for advice and support for those who want to quit, and our smoking cessation fact sheet has other tips.
  • Low-Dose CT (LDCT) Scans 
    If you’re 50-80 years of age and have a history of heavy smoking, whether you currently smoke or have quit, you may want to consider having an annual low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer.
  • Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing
    Genetic testing helps identify increased risk for certain malignancies, including breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer. Our genetic counselors can help determine if genetic testing is right for you as well as provide individualized analysis to help plan recommended next steps.
  • HPV Vaccine
    Men and women between the ages of 11 and 26 should consider receiving the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. HPV virus has been linked to multiple cancers, including most cervical cancers.