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.

Condition-specific screenings

Breast cancer screening

Annual screening mammograms are recommended for women ages 40 and older. Your doctor may recommend a different screening schedule if you’re at higher risk for breast cancer. Talk with your doctor about the screening schedule that’s right for you.

Colorectal cancer screening

The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age and family medical history of the disease. That’s why we recommend screening for everyone ages 50 and over, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

We offer screenings for polyps and cancer using the latest screening techniques at all of our locations, including:

  • Colonoscopy using a thin, flexible tube with a camera
  • Double-contrast barium enema using a radioactive substance and X-rays
  • CT colonography (CTC), or virtual colonoscopy, using CT scans
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy using a shorter tube with a camera to examine only the lower colon and rectum
  • Stool (feces) tests that check for blood

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 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, we recommend Pap tests for all women between ages 21 and 65.

Lung cancer screening

We offer a low-dose CT screening for lung cancer at all of our locations for people ages 55 to 75 who are current or former smokers with a smoking history of 30 pack-years (e.g., one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years). Detecting lung cancer at its earliest stages will provide you with the best chance of successful treatment. You will need a referral from your doctor for a low-dose lung CT screening. Ask your doctor or call 253-426-6805.

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 doctor. 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 doctor for more information about skin cancer screenings.

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Other screenings

Talk with your primary care doctor about any other cancer-related screenings you may need based on your individual and family health history.