Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls offers screenings for many different types of cancer including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate and skin. The latest in imaging technology and screening methods ensures you will recieve precise and detailed results.
Why should I get a cancer screening?
A cancer screening is the best way to detect cancer before you have any symptoms. Screening allows us to find cancer or any abnormal cells at an early stage when it may be easier to treat or cure.
Call us at (605) 328-8000 to schedule a screening.
Cancer screenings available at Sanford:
A screening is only recommended for those ages 55-77 who currently smoke, quit within the last 15 years or smoked heavily. It involves a low-dose CT scan of the lungs.
Medical professionals perform clinical breast exams to feel for any abnormalities. This is done sporadically beginning at age 20 and then yearly after 40. Mammograms should also begin at 40 and use an X-ray to take images of the breast tissue.
A colonoscopy uses a small camera to exam the colon. Starting at 50, you should have one every 10 years. A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) should happen every year after 50. It uses a stool sample to check for blood.
Pap and HPV tests are done by taking a swab of the cells in a woman’s cervix. These tests should begin around the age of 21 and 30 respectively and only need to be repeated every few years.
Depending on your risk screening can start at 50 or even 45. Tests include a blood test looking for abnormal levels of PSA or a digital rectal examination, which looks for irregularities in the prostate.
It’s recommended to have a visual inspection by a medical professional for skin cancer every year. When this begins depends on your personal and family risk factors, but you should also be checking yourself for any changes multiple times throughout the year.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call (605) 328-8000.