Cancer Screenings

Cancer screening can help detect cancer before symptoms are present, which can increase treatment success rates and save lives.  Screening for breast, colorectal, cervical, endometrial (uterine), lung and/or prostate cancer may be recommended for you depending on your gender, age and risk factors.  Learn about the American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer.  Then talk with your primary care provider to determine which cancer screenings you may need.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Center is involved in screening programs for:

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is in April, and in recognition PeaceHealth conducts an annual oral, head and neck cancer screening event.  Physicians from the local medical community and Cancer Center volunteer to provide free screening for participants.  This includes a physical exam of the oral cavity and assessment of any areas of concern.  Recommendations are made for appropriate follow-up depending on findings, which may include further ENT or oral medicine consultation.

Skin Cancer

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and in recognition PeaceHealth conducts an annual skin cancer screening event.  Physicians from the local medical community and Cancer Center volunteer to provide free screening for participants.  This includes a physical exam of sun exposed areas and any areas of concern.  Recommendations are made for appropriate follow-up depending on findings, which may include dermatology consultation or a skin biopsy.

Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recognition Mt. Baker Imaging Women’s Diagnostic Center hosts an annual Mammogram Party.  Women who have not already had their routine mammogram are encouraged to have or schedule their mammogram at this special screening event.  Physicians involved in the detection and treatment of breast cancer are present to answer questions about breast cancer screening.

For information about the results of previous screening programs, read our 2013 Cancer Screening Annual Report or Community Cancer Screening Events.

For more information about upcoming screening events contact our Cancer Center Outreach Coordinator at 360-788-8220.

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