Cancer Services

Tests & Screenings

No one is immune to the possible invasion of cancer. It can strike anyone at any time. This uncertainty can be disheartening. Deaconess offers the most advanced comprehensive screening and diagnostic tests to ensure early and accurate diagnosis.

The following departments at Deaconess offer the most advanced cancer diagnostic tools available. You may undergo testing in one or more of these areas, depending on the type of testing your physician recommends.

Many people ignore cancer warnings signs and forego cancer screenings, because they're scared to learn that they have cancer. If you fall into this category, remember early detection is the most powerful weapon in the fight against cancer.

Age and Gender Appropriate Screenings

Starting in your 20s

Skin Cancer
Examine your skin on a regular basis and report any changes to your family doctor.

To help prevent skin cancer, follow these sun safety guidelines by wearing:
• Sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher (both UVA and UVB protection)
• Protective clothing on exposed skin
• A hat that covers your face, neck, and ears
• Sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection

Cervical Cancer
Annual screenings should begin at age 21 or within three years of becoming sexually active (whichever comes first).

Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive negative screenings and are at normal risk may be screened every 2-3 years.

Breast Cancer
Starting at age 20 have a clinical breast exam every 1-3 years.
Have self breast awareness.

Starting in your 40s

Breast Cancer
Have an annual clinical breast exam.
Have an annual mammogram.
Have self breast awareness.

Starting in your 50s

Prostate Cancer
After discussing the risks and benefits with your family doctor, the following tests can begin at age 50: annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

Colon Cancer
Starting at age 50 to age 75, both men and women should have the following: A yearly fecal occult blood test along with a sigmoidoscopy every five years or colonoscopy every ten years.

Lung cancer
If you are age 55-77 and are a current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years, you may be a candidate for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Patients who meet these guidelines can call 812-858-2268 to find out if they qualify for a screening.

For more information, Contact Deaconess Cancer Services

*These are only guidelines. A family history, symptoms, or any other risk factor may change your screening time line. You should discuss with your family doctor your history and risk factors to establish a screening plan that is right for you.

Cancer screening guidelines taken from USPSTF, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and American Cancer Society