Cancer Screening

Family Medical Center offers a couple of different cancer screening tests.  First of all, we offer a lung cancer screening test.  The criteria to see if you qualify for this screening test is as follows:

    • between the ages of 55-74

    • 30-pack year smoking history

      • 1 pack per day for 30 years

      • 2 packs per day for 15 years

      • 3 packs per day for 10 years

  • If former smoker, must have quit within the past 15 years

The best way to prevent lung cancer it to catch it in its early stages before it has spread.  This is performed by having a CT scan of the lungs. 

Secondly, a new cancer screening tool that we are using is called Myriad My Risk Hereditary Cancer.  This type of test will screen for 8 different types of cancer:  breast, ovarian, colon, uterine, melanoma, pancreatic, gastric and prostate.  It will give the probability of your chances of being diagnosed with this type of cancer and what treatments or how often you should have testing done to lessen your chances of becoming a victim of cancer.  It is a simple blood test that is sent out to be analyzed by specialists.  Results are usually back in 6-8 weeks.  Managing your hereditary cancer risk can be done by increasing surveillance thru close and continuous observation and testing, chemoprevention unto which the use of drugs to prevent the development of cancer and risk reducing surgery (based on individual considerations, surgical considerations may be recommended). 

Myriad testing pic

If you meet any of the criteria above or if you are interested in having any of these screening tests performed, ask your health care provider how you can get signed up.