Early detection of cancer has proven to lead to better outcomes and higher cure rates. Many insurance providers cover these screening exams as preventative services. Contact your insurance company to determine coverage.
Here are some of the cancer screening services available at Intermountain Medical Center:
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and today more treatment options exist than ever before. From age 20 to 39, it is recommended that women get a clinical breast exam, performed by a doctor during an office visit, every three years. Starting at age forty, a yearly clinical breast exam and an annual mammogram is recommended.
- Clinical breast exams
- Breast MRI
The American Cancer Society recommends that colorectal cancer screening be started at age 50. If you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, the tests may start at an earlier age. You should talk to your doctor about which tests are recommended for you. Tests may include one or more of the following:
- Fecal occult blood test
- Digital rectal exam
- Double Contrast Barium Enema
These screening services are available at our Endoscopy Center. Learn more and make an appointment by calling (801) 507-3262.
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening
Cervical Cancer and Other Gynecologic Cancers
All women should be regularly screened with a pelvic exam and a Pap test (Pap smear) every one to three years starting at age 18. If you've had a hysterectomy and never had cervical cancer you don't need to have Pap tests anymore. But you still need regular pelvic exams.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Screening for prostate cancer is something you should discuss with your doctor. Some experts don't recommend screening because it's not clear whether early detection improves quality of life or survival. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), for instance, doesn't recommend for or against screening for prostate cancer.
The American Cancer Society does believe that screening for prostate cancer is important, particularly for men at high risk. Prostate cancer screening services we provide at Intermountain Medical Center include:
- Prostate specific antigen blood test (PSA)
- Digital rectal exam (DRE)
Endometrial Cancer Screening
Endometrial — or uterine — cancer can show up as unusual bleeding or discharge from the vagina, pain when urinating, pain during intercourse, or pain in the pelvic area. These symptoms may or may not be due to endometrial cancer. However, if you experience symptoms you should discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor may want to do a pelvic exam to detect lumps or anything unusual.
Lung Cancer Screening
For many cancers, including lung cancer, reliable and effective tests for early detection still do not exist. That is one of the reasons that most people diagnosed with lung cancer have advanced stages of disease. Early symptoms could include coughing or shortness of breath. Lung cancer testing and treatment are available at our Chest Clinic.
Intermountain Healthcare occasionally offers free screening clinics around the Salt Lake Valley for low-income and/or uninsured individuals. For more information on these clinics, please call (801) 507-3800.