Cancer Screening: Detecting Cancer Early is Key to Cancer Prevention
The key to cancer prevention and treatment is detecting cancer early. Cancer screening and testing can be lifesaving. While annual exams are a great first step for cancer prevention, you may benefit from specific cancer screenings as well.
At Parkview Cancer Institute, we encourage regular screenings for common cancers like breast cancer and prostate cancer depending on your age and risk factors. We’ve also invested in leading-edge diagnostic technologies so you can start the treatment process as soon as possible. It’s our goal to help patients catch cancer early to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Mammograms for Breast Cancer Screening
Research shows that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and second leading cause of death. Early detection is crucial to increase the chance of successful treatment. In fact, the five-year survival rate for Stage 0 – which can be detected by a mammogram screening – is 98%. To improve chances of survival, an annual mammogram is recommended for women every year after age 40.
A mammogram is a quick and noninvasive screening test for breast cancer. The procedure uses digital imaging to safely create images of the breast tissue. At Parkview Health, you can choose from 2-D or new 3-D mammography. 3-D, or three-dimensional, mammography is a revolutionary new cancer screening and diagnostic tool that helps a radiologist gain a better understanding of your breast tissue. This greater confidence makes it less likely to need follow-up imaging.
Though risk of breast cancer increases as women age, it can still occur in younger women. It’s recommended that women do breast self-examination every month beginning in their 20s.
Prostate Cancer Screening for Early Detection
Prostate cancer is found in the male sex gland called the prostate. This is the second most common type of cancer found in men after skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer.
Many times, patients do not experience prostate cancer symptoms, so prostate screenings are very important for early detection. A blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE) are used to screen for prostate cancer. If cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be required to remove a small tissue sample.
Prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men over the age of 55.
Mole Checks and Skin Cancer Screening
The best way to protect against skin cancer is to avoid sunburn. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and its incidence is on the rise. Luckily skin cancer can often be cured when detected early.
Mole checks and skin cancer screenings can help catch the disease early, when treatment is most effective. If a mole, spot, growth or lump on the skin looks suspicious, one of our skilled dermatologists may perform a biopsy to remove a small piece for testing. Annual skin cancer screenings are recommended.
Low Dose Chest Computed Tomography Scan for Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer (thoracic cancer) is known as the silent killer because it often progresses with no specific symptoms. If you are at high risk of lung cancer, you should get lung cancer screenings to improve your chances of long-term survival.
At Parkview, we offer advanced screening for lung cancer using a low-dose chest computed tomography (CT) scan. This technology is called SmartLung® CT. The noninvasive technology takes just 15 minutes and can detect lung cancer in its early stages.
Lung cancer screenings are recommended for people between 55 and 77 years old who are either active smokers, or who quit smoking within the last 15 years.
Diagnostic Testing Excellence
If cancer is suspected, there are many ways to confirm whether a patient does indeed have cancer. Parkview has invested in diagnostic testing technology that delivers results faster, so you can get the treatment you need earlier than ever before.
We know that early diagnosis is the best way to ensure long-term survivorship. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and advanced cancer screening right here at Parkview.