Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls offers a variety of cancer screening services that utilize advanced technology and the latest in screening procedures. We offer screenings for a number of different types of cancer including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate and skin. By using the latest in imaging technology and screening methods, we ensure our patients have precise and detailed results.
Why should I get a cancer screening?
A cancer screening is the best way to detect cancer before a person has any symptoms. Usually by the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have spread or grown to other parts of the body, making it harder to treat. Screening allows us to find cancer or any abnormal cells at an early stage when it may be easier to treat or cure. Recommendations as to when to get screened depend on the screening and if you have a family or personal history of cancer. Please consult with your physician to determine the best screenings for you.
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. Read more about lung cancer screenings here.
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. Read more about breast cancer screenings here.
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. Read more about colorectal cancer screenings here.
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. Read more about cervical screenings here.
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. Read more about prostate cancer screenings here.
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. Read more about skin cancer screenings here.