Early Detection: Cancer Screening Services

Early detection for cancer can help doctors find cancers at an earlier and more treatable stage.

Breast Cancer Screening

Our Breast Health page has more information on digital mammography and SonoCiné.

At-Home Colon Cancer Screening

Our FIT Test (Fecal Immunochemical Test) is a modern cancer screening kit for colorectal (colon) cancer and everything you need comes in the kit. Cost is $20. It is pain-free, requires no dietary or medication restrictions and you can complete it in the privacy of your own home in about 10 minutes. FIT Tests may be covered by your insurance; please talk with your insurance provider whether FIT Test is covered.

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With regular screening, colorectal (or colon) cancer is one of the more easily detected and treatable cancers. With early detection, colorectal cancer has a 90 percent survival rate.

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends either a colonoscopy every 10 years or an annual FIT screening as the preferred test for colorectal cancer screenings starting at age 50. African Americans should begin cancer screenings at age 45.

Patients with a family history should speak with their doctor about the right cancer screening schedule for early detection.

Gynecologic Cancer

Read about the symptoms for cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer causes more deaths in the United States than any other cancer. With no signs of illness in its early stages, getting screened for lung cancer can be a lifesaving step. To find out if you are at risk for lunch cancer, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you 55 to 80 years old?
  • Are you asymptomatic – having no signs or symptoms of lung cancer?
  • Have you smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years?
  • Are you a current smoker, or have you quit within the past 15 years?

If you answered yes to these questions, you could be at risk for lung cancer.

The low-dose CT scan takes minutes with the entire process taking about 30 minutes.

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Call a Nurse Navigator to confirm you meet the screening requirements 775-982-5864.

Prostate Cancer Screening

In the United States, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. While the exact causes of prostate cancer are still unknown, there are certain risk factors that are linked to the disease that may increase a person's chance of developing prostate cancer.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

The prostate gland naturally produces a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA). However, higher-than-normal levels of PSA can be an indication of a problem in with the prostate gland. These problems could range from prostatitis (an inflammation of the prostate) to prostate cancer. To test for PSA levels, doctors administer a blood test. The results are measured in nanograms of PSA per milliliter of blood. The higher the patient's PSA per ng/mL, the more likely he is to have prostate cancer.

Digital Rectal Exam

Men with a high PSA reading accompanied by other symptoms of prostate cancer may also have a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). During this exam, the doctor will insert a gloved, lubricated finger (digit) into the rectum to check for enlargement of or growths on the prostate.

Common Risk Factors

  • Age: Men over 50 are at more risk.
  • Race: For unknown reasons, prostate cancer is more common in African American Men.
  • Family history: Men with a first-degree relative (father/brother) are more likely to be diagnosed.
  • Prevalence in family: Men with one first-degree relative should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening by age 45; men with multiple family members diagnosed should talk to their doctor by age 40.
  •  Diet: A diet high in red meat, dairy products, and saturated fat may increase the risk for prostate cancer.

Ask your doctor about a prostate cancer screening or receive a PSA test at one of our low-cost monthly cancer screenings. Call 775-982-5433 for more information.

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