Screening for cancer can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early, when its typically most treatable. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread and is harder to treat. Faith Regional offers several screening methods to help detect cancer early including:
Colonoscopy and fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs): Tests have been shown to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy can detect abnormal colon growth (polyps) which can be removed before they develop into cancer. Experts generally recommend that people who are at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 50. Talk to your doctor to determine what's best for you.
Computed Tomography (CT): The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends using CT scans to screen for lung cancer in those people who are at high risk of developing the disease due to age and smoking history. The highly-detailed images produced by CT scans enable doctors to locate and monitor lung nodules, or small spots on your lungs. Many times CT scans are done over time to determine if the lung nodules grow. Find out if you may qualify for lung cancer screenings.
Mammography: This method of screening is used to detect breast cancer and has been shown to reduce mortality from the disease among women ages 40 to 74. Talk to your doctor to find out when you should get a mammogram and how often you should be screened.
Skin Exams:Faith Regional's Carson Cancer Center hosts an annual skin cancer screening to identify possible cases of melanoma. In addition, Faith Regional Physician Services Breast Care & Plastic Surgery offers free skin cancer screenings the third Thursday of every month from 8:00 a.m to Noon. Walk-ins only.