Although the exact cause of cancer is not known, we do know the best ways to screen for cancers so that if found, it is at the earliest stages. According to the American Cancer Society, early detection has been shown to reduce the overall number of deaths caused by cancer.
Community Hospital Anderson takes a proactive stance toward the battle with cancer by offering free screenings for certain types of cancer throughout the year.
More than one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Although most skin cancers are curable if detected and treated early, one person dies every hour of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk for melanoma. Screenings are offered every year in May.
Clinical breast exams are different than mammograms, and should be done every three years in women ages 20-39, and every year for women over 40. All women over the age of 20 should perform self-breast exams monthly. Community Hospital Anderson offers free clinical breast exams monthly.
The screenings will include prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing and digital rectal exams (DRE) of the prostate gland DRE is a quick exam to check the prostate. A PSA blood test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen being produced by cells. An abnormally high level of PSA can suggest cancer. Screenings are offered every year in September.
Colorectal cancers are the third most frequently diagnosed among men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Most colon cancers occur in those 50 and older, but the disease can strike those as young as 18. The American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screening starting at age 50. Colorectal screenings are offered every year in March.