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Cancer screenings

Cancer screenings can help you detect cancer early, potentially leading to less treatment and a better outcome. Learn about the screenings offered at our facilities.

Our screenings

Cancer screenings are a proactive step you can take to reduce the chance of cancer-related deaths. Early detection of cancers can mean less treatment is necessary for a better outcome. At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Wesley Healthcare, we want you to know about these important cancer screenings:

Breast cancer

Age 20+


Women should be familiar with their breasts and promptly report any changes to a healthcare provider.

Age 20 - 40

Every 3 years

Breast exam by your physician or practitioner.

Age 40+

Consult MD annually

Mammogram and breast exam by your physician or pactitioner.

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Women should talk with their physicians regularly starting as early as age 25 about their individualized risk for breast cancer, as higher risk women may benefit from genetic counseling or early screening.


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Cervical cancer

Age 20 - 29

Every 3 years

Pap test.

Age 30 - 65

Every 5 years

Pap test and HPV test.

Age 65+

Stop testing

Women with normal history should stop testing*

Today, cervical cancer is the only gynecologic cancer for which there is a screening exam (HPV testing and Pap testing, also called a Pap smear). At Sarah Cannon, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Age 21 to 29: Pap test every three years
  • Age 30 to 65: Pap test and HPV test every five years
  • Age 65+: Women with normal history should stop testing

*Women with an abnormal diagnosis should be tested for 20 years following the result, even if testing continues past age 65. A woman whose uterus and cervix have been removed for non-cervical cancer reasons, and who has no history of cervical or pre-cervical cancer, should not be tested.

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Colorectal cancer

Age 45+

Evidence-based options may include colonoscopy at 10-year intervals or a fecal immunohistochemistry test(FIT) annually

Sarah Cannon recommends consulting your physician if you are 45 years of age or older to determine the right screening test for you. Evidence-based options may include Colonoscopy at 10-year intervals or a Fecal Immunohistochemistry Test (FIT) annually. Consult your physician to determine the right screening test for you.

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Lung cancer

Age 50-80*

(Must be 50-77 for Medicare)

Low-dose CT scan every year

Sarah Cannon recommends Low-Dose CT Scan every year for people who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 50-80
  • Those who have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history and are current smokers or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Must be 50-77 for Medicare

20 Pack-Year Equivalent

  • 1 pack a day for 20 years
  • 2 packs a day for 10 years

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Skin cancer

Age 20+

Regular full body skin self-exams and skin exams by your doctor

Early detection and treatment is key for melanoma. Sarah Cannon recommends regular full body skin self-exams and skin exams by your doctor starting at age 20. Performing a full-body skin self-exam each month will help you become familiar with your skin so that you can identify any skin changes that could signal skin cancer. Those at high risk for skin cancer include those with reduced immunity, personal history of skin cancer, and a strong family history of skin cancer.

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