Cancer Screenings Specific to Women

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screenings for women, including the more commonly recommended tests below.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Breast cancer is a very common cancer that a woman may face in her lifetime –second only to skin cancer. It can occur at any age, but it is much more likely to occur after age 40 and as you get older. Because of certain factors, some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than others. The best defense is to find breast cancer as early as possible, when it is easier to treat. Finding breast cancer early is called early detection. Some women - because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.  

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Breast Cancer Screening Programs
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Project

Cervical Cancer Screenings

Cervical cancer can affect any woman who is, or has been sexually active. It is more likely to occur in women who have, or have had the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is passed on through sex. Cervical cancer is also more likely to occur in women who smoke, have HIV or AIDS, have poor nutrition, and who do not have regular Pap tests.

A Pap test can find changes in the cervix that can be treated before they become cancer. The Pap test is also very effective in finding cervical cancer early, when it is highly curable.

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital
 
Cervical Cancer Screening Programs
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Project

Endometrial Cancer Screenings

Endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) occurs most often in women age 50 and older. Taking estrogen without progesterone or taking drugs such as tamoxifen to lower the risk of breast cancer might increase a woman’s chance for this disease. Having an early onset of menstrual periods, late menopause, a history of infertility or not having children can increase the risk, too. Women with a personal or family history of hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or polycystic ovary disease, or those who are obese, are also more likely to have endometrial cancer. The American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon recommends at the time of menopause, all women should be told about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer. 

Watch for signs and symptoms, such as unusual spotting or bleeding not related to menstrual periods, and report these to your doctor. Although the Pap test is very good at finding cancer of the cervix, it is not a test for endometrial cancer.

Offered through:  Miami Valley HospitalGood Samaritan HospitalAtrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Ovarian Cancer Screenings

Ovarian cancer is more likely to occur as women get older. Women who have never had children, who have unexplained infertility, or who had their first child after age 30 may be at increased risk for this cancer. Women who have used estrogen alone as hormone replacement therapy are also at increased risk. Women with a personal or family history of hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer, ovarian cancer, or breast cancer are also more likely to have this disease. Women who do not have any of these conditions can still have ovarian cancer.

For years, ovarian cancer was known as the "silent" cancer because it rarely produced any symptoms and many women didn't find out they had it until the cancer was very advanced.

There are not tests like mammograms or Pap tests for the ovaries. A few tests are available, but are not recommended for women at average risk. They may be used for women at high risk or who have symptoms that may suggest ovarian cancer. Even in these women, however, these tests are problematic and their use is limited.

For more information about ovarian cancer screenings and how to schedule one, talk with your physician.

Offered through:  Miami Valley HospitalGood Samaritan HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

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Content Updated: February 26, 2017

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