If you’re higher risk because of your age, family history or lifestyle, cancer screening gives you and your family peace-of-mind. And if cancer is found, early detection can give you more treatment options, more possibilities and most importantly—more time for what matters.
So if you’ve been putting off cancer screening, don’t think of it as just another thing on your to-do list. Think of it as part of your wellness routine—and a simple way to take care of yourself and live life to the fullest, for many years to come.
At Goshen Center for Cancer Care and Goshen Physicians, we offer safe, routine screenings for many types of cancer. Learn more by following the links below.
Breast Cancer Screening is recommended yearly for women ages 40 and older.
Mammograms produce computerized breast images that help identify abnormalities, such as very small lumps, areas of calcification or other changes in the breast—many of which would not be detectable in a breast self-exam. If it has been over a year since your last mammogram, call (574) 364-4600 to schedule your mammogram.
Colon Cancer Screening is recommended for everyone 45 and older.
Colonoscopies help detect early-stage colorectal cancer, which does not usually have symptoms. Colonoscopy is the best screening option if you are at average risk—and if you have a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer, it’s the only recommended test. Talk to your primary care provider about your colorectal cancer risk or to schedule a colonoscopy.
Lung Cancer Screening is recommended for those who currently smoke, who quit smoking in the last 15 years, or who have smoked at least 20 pack years.
This type of screening provides images of the lungs that help detect cancer, even in its early stages. To calculate your pack years, multiply the number of cigarette packs smoked every day by the number of years you smoked. If you fit the criteria for screening, contact your primary care provider to get a referral for a lung screening.
Skin Cancer Screening is recommended yearly for anyone, beginning in their 20s or 30s.
An annual skin cancer screening can identify signs of precancerous or cancerous growths. During the screening, moles, birthmarks and other skin discolorations are examined for shape and size irregularities, evolving colors, asymmetry and uneven borders. If skin cancer is suspected, a sample biopsy can be taken.
Prostate Cancer Screening is recommended for men older than 55.
Men between the ages of 55 and 69 should talk with their healthcare provider about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings. An open conversation about what can cause elevated PSA levels, risk factors and personal preferences can help you decide if a PSA screening is right for you. Visit your health care provider to discuss your risk factors or to schedule your screening.
Cervical Cancer Screening is recommended for all women older than 21.
For most women, a routine pap test should be conducted every three years and HPV test every five years. Visit your health care provider to discuss your risk factors or to schedule your screening.
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