Cancer Screenings Offered by St. Mary's
St. Mary’s promotes several community-wide screenings each year. You can contact the center to find out when the next screening will be.
The screening checklist shown below is a guide to assist health care professionals and patients in working together to detect cancer. Specific symptoms require appropriate medical investigation.
Cancer Screening Checklist
Health Counseling & Cancer Check-up
- Check thyroid, testicles, ovaries, lymph nodes, oval cavity and skin. Include counseling about tobacco control, sun exposure, diet and nutrition, risk factors, sexual practices, and environmental and other occupational exposures.
- Male and female age 20 and over, once every three years.
- Male and female age 40 and over, yearly.
- The earlier breast cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.
- Age 20 - 39:
- Do a breast self-exam each month.
- Have a clinical breast exam by a heath care professional every three years.
- Age 40 and over:
- Have a mammogram every year.
- Have a health care professional administer a clinical breast exam every year. This exam should be completed around the same time as the scheduled mammogram.
Cervical & Ovarian Cancer
- All women who have reached the age of 18, or who have been sexually active, should have a Pap test and pelvic exam every year. After three or more normal exams, the Pap test may be performed less frequently at the doctor's discretion.
- Prostate blood testing and digital rectal exams of the prostate gland should be done yearly at the age of 50 and over. If either is abnormal, further evaluation should be considered.
- Beginning at age 50, one of the following screening options is recommended:
- OR -
- Annual fecal occult blood test yearly at the age 50 and over and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
- OR -
- Annual fecal occult blood test yearly at the age of 50 and over and double contrast barium enema every 5 years.
- Colonoscopy every 10 years.
- Your doctor should perform a digital rectal exam at the same time as sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or double contrast barium enema. People at moderate or high risk for colorectal cancer should talk with their doctor about a different screening schedule.
- Clinical skin exam every 3 years beginning at age 20.
- Clinical skin exam annually beginning at age 40.
- Monthly self-exam of skin (all ages).
- Lung cancer is the 2nd most diagnosed cancer in both men and women and the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
- It is estimated that more than 80% of lung cancers could be cured if they were detected at an early stage.
- Lung cancer screenings require a physician order.
- If you are between the ages of 55 and 74 and have been a heavy smoker, you should talk to your doctor
about lung cancer screening at St. Mary’s.
- Heavy smoking is defined as:
- Current or former smoker who quit less than 15 years ago
- 30 pack/year or more smoking history (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)