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Ochsner Cancer Institute Advises on Cancer Screenings

As we age, it is important that we get regular screenings for cancer. Although you or your loved one may not be experiencing any symptoms, it is still important to get screened. If caught early, some cancers can be treated more easily.

Here are some of the most important cancer screenings that all adults should consider:

Colon Cancer: There are multiple tests that screen for colon and rectal cancer. Some can be taken at home, while others need to be done by your doctor. Colonoscopies are also important for catching cancer. Men and women over 50 should get tested and anyone with a family history of colorectal cancer should be screened earlier. Screening helps find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into colorectal cancer.

Lung Cancer: Anyone ages 55-75 that is currently a smoker or was a heavy smoker should speak with their doctor about if a CT scan is right for them. There are usually no symptoms from lung cancer until after the cancer has advanced. This is why it is important to get screened so it can be caught early.

Skin Cancer: You should always be familiar with all moles and spots on your skin. If you notice any changes, you should talk with your doctor right away. Have a skin exam during your regular visits.

Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer worldwide. The US Preventative Services Task Force recommendations suggest that clinicians should inform men ages 55 to 69 years of age about the potential benefits and harms of PSA–based screening for prostate cancer A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a simple blood test that only takes a few minutes. It checks the level of PSA in your blood.

Breast Cancer: Starting at age 40, all women should have an annual mammogram to check for breast cancer. Some woman may want to be screened earlier depending on family or medical history. Women should also be doing routine self-exams at home to familiarize themselves with how their breasts look and feel. Always let your healthcare provider know if you ever notice any change in your breast.

Ochsner Cancer Institute offers comprehensive cancer services and is dedicated to cancer research and new cancer treatment development, bringing innovations to the fight against cancer— including more clinical trials than anywhere else in the region. This commitment includes the Precision Cancer Therapies Program, providing access to innovative therapies before they are widely available.

On Friday, November 10, Ochsner will host its annual Moonlight and Miracles Gala to benefit cancer services and research, and celebrate Ochsner Cancer Institute’s continued excellence in patient care, research, education and prevention.

For more information on cancer care at Ochsner Cancer Institute, visit Ochsner.org/cancer or call 504-842-9219.

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