Screening tests can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. By the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and spread. This can make the cancer harder to treat or cure.
It is important to remember that when your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not always mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no cancer symptoms.
Physical exam and history. An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.
Laboratory tests. Medical procedures that test samples of tissue, blood, urine, or other substances in the body.
Imaging procedures. Procedures that make pictures of areas inside the body.
Genetic tests. Tests that look for certain gene mutations (changes) that are linked to some types of cancer.
All women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a healthcare provider right away.
Some women—because of their family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors—should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.
No physician referral needed, call (864) 522-9729 to schedule your mammogram today!
The American Cancer Society recommends that women follow these guidelines to help find cervical cancer early.
The American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of cervical cancer do not apply to women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, cervical pre-cancer, or HIV infection. These women should have follow-up testing and cervical cancer screening as recommended by their healthcare team.
Talk to your primary care provider about scheduling your cervical screening. Learn more about cervical and other gynecologic cancers.
If you are at average risk for colorectal cancer, start having regular screenings at 45 (Note: New recommendation as of May 2018). If you are at greater risk, you may need to begin regular screenings at an earlier age. The best time to get screened is before any symptoms appear.
People at increased risk because of a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or because they have inflammatory bowel disease or certain inherited conditions may be advised to start screening before age 45 and/or have more frequent screening.
Screening tests for colorectal cancer:
Note: Any abnormal result of these tests should be followed up with a colonoscopy. Learn more about colorectal cancer.
Talk to your primary care provider about scheduling your colon screening, or call (864) 920-1022 to schedule today.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide. Approximately 85% of lung cancer occurs in current or former tobacco smokers.
Lung cancer risk factors include: smoking tobacco; exposure to radon, asbestos or other cancer-causing agents; family history of lung cancer; personal history of a smoking related cancer; certain chronic lung diseases. Learn more about lung cancer.
Eligibility for Screening
Individuals at an increased risk of developing lung cancer should meet the following criteria:
*Pack years = years smoked X average packs/day smoked
Potential Screening Benefits: Effective research-proven screening exam; early diagnosis which can lead to improved outcomes; non-invasive testing; decreased radiation exposure.
Potential Screening Risks: False positive test results; false negative test results; finding late-stage cancer; overtreatment including additional tests or procedures; radiation exposure.
The GHS Cancer Institute’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship (CIOS) has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. This center is one of five in the state of South Carolina and one of only 250 nationally recognized sites.
Best Chance Network provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to women in South Carolina who are between the ages of 30 and 64 and are medically underserved.
If you meet the qualifications for the Best Chance Network, call the Best Chance hotline number: 1-800-450-4611 to learn which locations are open and closest to you. Learn more about the Best Chance Network and participant criteria.
We now offer colonoscopy screenings for colon cancer to established patients who are uninsured or underinsured and meet the following criteria:
Learn more about this program by calling (864) 455-2476.
Certain popular ideas about how cancer starts and spreads—though scientifically wrong—can seem to make sense, especially when those ideas are rooted in old theories. But wrong ideas about cancer can lead to needless worry and even hinder good prevention and treatment decisions.
Artificial sweeteners cause cancer. MYTH
Cell phones cause cancer. MYTH
Power lines cause cancer. MYTH
Herbal products can cure cancer. MYTH
No one in my family has had cancer, so I’m risk-free. MYTH
Screenings and early detection save lives. REALITY
(Source: National Cancer Institute. For more information on these topics, visit their website.)
Melanoma skin cancer screening (May 19)
Total screened: 134
Normal screening: 76
Referred for follow up: 22
Biopsy recommended: 36
Prostate cancer screening
Total screened: 70
Normal screening: 63
Suspicious screening: 7
Oral cancer screening (April 13)
Total screened: 110
Referred for routine follow up: 95
Referred for further follow up: 9
Referred for immediate follow up: 6