Detection And Prevention 

The best defense against cancer is often a strong offense, including cancer screenings. Finding cancer early, when it is more likely to be successfully treated is still the best way to beat the disease. Let us help you determine what cancer screenings are right for you based on your age, gender and family history.  

Specific Screenings For Men 

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures for men. Learn more about men’s screening guidelines.

Specific Screenings For Women 

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures for women. Learn more about women’s screening guidelines.

Screenings For Everyone 

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures for:

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Screenings for colon and rectal cancers can find cancer at an early, more treatable stage. Because colon and rectal cancers are so similar, they are often called colorectal cancer.

Adults of average risk who are between 50 and 75 years of age should have regular screenings for colorectal cancer. Those at increased or high risk of colorectal cancer due to family history or other conditions may need screening at an earlier age or more often. Learn more.

Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer is one of the few cancers that can often be prevented by not smoking. If you are a smoker, ask your doctor to help you quit smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. You can also be at higher risk for lung cancer if you breathe secondhand smoke, have a family history of lung cancer, or have been exposed to certain environmental and workplace substances. 

At this time, lung cancer screenings are only recommended for adults at high risk. People at high risk may benefit from regular screening exams that can find lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.

You may qualify for a lung cancer screening if you are between ages 55 to 77 and:

  • Are a current smoker (or former smoker who quit in the last 15 years)
  • Have a three pack-year smoking history (smoke one pack per day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years)

If you meet these criteria, talk to your doctor about a low-dose CT scan. A physician referral is required. 

Check with your insurance provider before scheduling an exam, as not all providers cover this cost. .

Skin Cancer Screenings

Anyone who spends time in the sun can develop skin cancer. People with fair skin, especially those with blonde or red hair, freckles, more than 50 moles, blue eyes, or albinism are more likely to get skin cancer. Those who have had one or more blistering sunburns, made frequent trips to the tanning salon or have a close family member with melanoma are more likely to get skin cancer.

Your first defense against skin cancer is awareness. This means you should be familiar with your skin and notice changes that could indicate a problem, such as a sore that doesn’t heal. A good way to remember is with A, B, C, D, E:

  • A = Asymmetry. Part of the mole does not match the other part.
  • B = Border. The borders of the mole are irregular, ragged, blurred, or notched.
  • C = Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout. There may be varying shades of tan, brown, black red, blue, or white.
  • D = Diameter. Melanoma is usually larger than 6mm when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
  • E = Evolving. The mole or spot on the skin looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color. 

Skin cancer screenings typically involve a full-body exam, which can be performed during a routine physical exam or during a visit to the dermatologist. 

Talk with your physician if you think you might be in need of a skin cancer screening or if you are interested in more information about them.

Each May, Premier Health collaborates with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology to offer free skin screenings at locations throughout the area.

HPV (human papillomavirus) Vaccine

Premier Health recommends that females and males 9 to 26 years old receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is most effective when given to girls and boys ages 11 to 12. At this age the vaccine requires two doses. After age 15, three doses are required.

Women and men age 27 to 45 should also consider getting the vaccine after discussing with their health care provider.

The HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, an anal and genital warts associated with certain HPV types. The vaccine may also reduce the risk of other HPV-related cancers, including mouth and throat cancers and penile cancer.

Because the HPV vaccine does not protect against all causes of cervical cancer, women should still get regular cervical cancer screenings.

Liver Cancer Screenings

There are no tests like mammograms or Pap tests for the liver. A few tests are available but are not recommended for people at average risk. They may be used if you are at high risk or have symptoms that may suggest liver cancer.

You are at increased risk for liver cancer if you have chronic hepatitis B infection or cirrhosis of the liverYour risk for cirrhosis of the liver may increase with the medical conditions below:

For more information about liver cancer screenings, talk to your health care provider.

Diagnostic Testing 

If you have a symptom or your screening test result suggests cancer, we can help you find out whether it is due to cancer or to some other cause. Your physician may ask about your personal and family medical history and do a physical exam. You may undergo lab tests, x-rays, or other tests or procedures. Learn more about diagnostic testing.

Breast Cancer Genetic Counseling and Testing 

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. Genetic counseling and testing is available for women at increased risk to develop breast cancer. 

Contact Us

Our cancer team is here for you. Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our patients benefit from advanced local care backed by the world-renowned expertise of the nation’s leading cancer center. 

Call the Premier Health cancer hotline at (844) 316-HOPE(844) 316-4673 (4673), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with a Premier Health cancer navigator.