One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. However, regular screenings can help catch cancer early before it becomes too difficult to treat, meaning the quality of life–and the quantity of life–is extended. Even though COVID-19 remains a high priority, it is still important to take cancer screenings seriously.
Cancer Screenings Close to Home
We use advanced and trusted diagnostic tools to detect all types of cancer, including breast, lung and prostate. See which screenings you should be getting, and schedule one close to home by calling the numbers below.
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Breast Screening: The American Society of Breast Surgeons advises all individuals to have a breast cancer risk assessment sometime after turning 25 years old. Depending on what an individual’s risk level is, annual breasts screenings should begin at age 40. Southeastern Med offers the highest level of breast screening technology at our Community Healthlink facility. Your physician can refer you to Community Healthlink or you can self-request a mammogram by calling 740.432.7465.
Cervical Screening (PAP Smear): According to the American Cancer Society, almost 13,000 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed this year. To help catch this type of cancer early, it is advised any individual with a cervix should begin to schedule annual screenings at age 25. Muskingum Valley Health Center offers PAP smears at no cost. To schedule your appointment call 740.891.9059.
Low-Dose CT Screening: According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer comprises 25% of all cancer deaths among both men and women. As with so many cancers, catching lung cancer early increases the chances for successful treatment. Low-Dose CT Scans are ideal for high-risk patients, particularly those who have smoked for a long time. Patients who are 50-80 years old and for a time smoked 20 packs of cigarettes/year and who have quit smoking within the last 15 years are the best candidates for this type of screening.
Oral Cancer Screening: Cancers of the mouth and throat are especially concerns if you have chewed tobacco or if you have been or are a heavy drinker. There is no screening specifically for this type of cancer, but dentists advise annual check-ups during which your full mouth will be examined. You can also check your mouth once a month to make sure you do not have any sores, white patches, or lumps. You can schedule an oral cancer screening with Muskingum Valley Health Center by calling 740.891.9059.
Skin Cancer Screening: There are several different types of skin cancer. The best way to detect skin cancer is to monitor your skin and that of your loved ones. Look for new or irregularly shaped moles or other new irregularities. A physician may refer you to a dermatologist or you may be sent directly to an oncologist to have the area evaluated.
Mammograms: If your physician suggests you complete a mammogram, we can accommodate you at our Community Healthlink facility, located at 1205 Clark Street, Cambridge. If you do not have a physician, you can self-request a mammogram by calling Community Healthlink at 740.432.5465. If the cost of mammograms is a concern, please call 740.439.8117 or 704.435.2500 for assistance.
Colonoscopies: Our endoscopy department is able to provide colonoscopies close to home. If you are concerned about the cost of a colonoscopy procedure please call 740.435.2400 for assistance.
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Lung Screenings: Lung screenings are scheduled periodically throughout the year. To reserve your spot at our next lung screening clinic, call 740.439.8930. If a lung nodule is discovered during a screening, ask your physician to refer you to our new lung nodule clinic. The phone number is 740.432.2144.
Prostate Exams: If your physician wishes to refer you to a urologist because of concerns with your prostate, ask to be referred to Dr. Cliff Maximo.
What screenings should I be scheduling?
This conversation should begin with your physician. However, the American Cancer Society offers recommended age milestones for different types of screenings as well as important questions to ask your doctor.