Screening & Diagnosis

Finding cancer early is critical to treating and beating cancer. We use the latest screening and diagnostic techniques to find cancer as soon as possible, even before symptoms begin.

Screening

Family Risk Assessment Program

Family Risk Assessment Program

This program provides you with a detailed evaluation of your family history and an assessment of your risk factors related to cancer.

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Regular screenings are the best way to determine if you have cancer. Common screening types include:

  • Mammography – an x-ray examination of the breast; we offer both traditional and 3D mammography [PDF]
  • Colonoscopy – a test that allows your doctor to check the inside your intestine and colon
  • PAP Smear – a procedure that collects cells from the surface of the cervix and vagina for examination
  • CT or CAT Scan – a test that creates a series of pictures of your body taken from various angles; these are used to develop a detailed, slice-by-slice image of your body
  • Oral Screening – during this exam, your doctor or healthcare provider will examine your mouth and feel the lymph nodes in your neck.
  • PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) Test – a blood test for prostate cancer
  • Skin Cancer Screening – your dermatologist or primary care provider will review any moles, bumps, or discolorations, on your skin to determine if you need additional testing

Diagnosis

If something is found during a screening, additional testing may be performed. The most common type of diagnostic test is a biopsy. during a biopsy, your doctor will remove a tissue sample for further testing. Typically, these samples are found to be benign or malignant.

Benign tumors:

  • Are usually not harmful.
  • Rarely invade the tissues around them.
  • Don’t spread to other parts of the body.
  • Can be removed and usually don’t grow back.

Malignant tumors:

  • May be a threat to life.
  • Can invade nearby organs and tissues (such as the chest wall).
  • Can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Often can be removed but sometimes grow back.