About cancer screening
Cancer screenings are tests used to detect the disease when you don’t have symptoms. You have a better chance of recovery when you find cancer early.
Your risk of getting cancer depends on a few factors—lifestyle, age, and family history. Harrison’s risk assessments and genetic testing can help determine your risk level and screening plan.
Personalized screening plan
Individualized care is a key factor in Harrison’s cancer care program. You deserve the same when it comes to screening. At Harrison, we stress how important it is to talk with your doctor—find out which tests are best for you and at what age.
Advances in screening services
Harrison’s doctors and clinics give you the most effective screening available today. Most testing takes place in your doctor’s office. Advanced Medical Imaging—a Harrison partner—offers digital mammogram and open MRI.
We offer a free skin cancer screening yearly. In 2009, seven dermatologists volunteered their skills and time for a Saturday community screening.
American Cancer Society guidelines
The American Cancer Society provides guidelines for screening. These guidelines are general recommendations for people at average risk of getting cancer.
Annual mammography starting at age 40. Ask your doctor if you should start at a different age.
Colon and rectal—colorectal—cancer
Screening starting at age 50. Ask your doctor if you should start earlier. Tests include
Pap test starting by age 21. Ask your doctor if you should test earlier.
Talk with your doctor about having tests when you reach menopause. You might also require earlier screening.
Talk with your doctor no later than your 45th birthday. Ask about tests, such as the prostate-specific antigen; find out if you should test earlier.
National Cancer Institute cancer risk assessment
Tools to help you and your doctor take action to reduce your risk. Click here.
For more information about cancer