Cancer Screening & Diagnostics

Screenings for Cancer

Finding cancer early can help make it easier to treat, and screenings can find cancer before you even notice symptoms.  Ask your primary care doctor which of these screening tests may be right for you:

  • Breast cancer screenings, including 3-D mammograms that lead to more accurate results, especially in women with dense breasts
  • Colorectal cancer screenings, including colonoscopies or simple at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT) or Cologaurd®
  • Low-dose CT lung cancer screening for current and former smokers who meet certain criteria
  • Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) tests for cervical cancer
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer screening

Diagnosing Cancer

If a cancer screening test shows something unusual, or you experience symptoms of cancer, your primary care doctor may use one or more of these tests to diagnose the disease:

  • Biopsy – Removes a small piece of tissue from your body to examine in a lab
  • Imaging procedure – Shows the inside of your body to help identify the location, amount, and stage of cancer
  • Lab testing – Checks blood, urine, or other body fluids for signs of cancer

If your test shows you have cancer, your primary care doctor will refer you to a cancer doctor called an oncologist. Your oncologist will talk with you about your treatment options and work with you to develop a personalized care plan.

Genetic Testing & Counseling

If you have a family history of cancer, genetic testing and counseling can show if you're at risk of developing the disease or passing it on to your children.