Cancer Prevention & Detection
Detecting cancer in its early stages, when it’s easier to treat, leads to more positive outcomes. Below you’ll find a list of recommended screenings for various types of cancers. Talk to your primary care doctor about what screenings are recommended for you, based on your age and sex.
Family & Genetic Risk Assessment
A person’s medical and family history often holds clues to determine if he or she has, or is at risk for, an inherited cancer.
We can do some things to reduce our chances of getting cancer or increase our odds of finding it early. Cancer prevention and early detection have become important components of a good health program and can help you to live a longer and healthier life. Knowing your cancer risk factors, including genetics, can make a significant difference to you and your family’s future health.
Individuals concerned about their personal or family history of cancer may benefit from an evaluation by skilled Mercy staff. While a family history of cancer does not always mean your cancer risk is high, genetic evaluation can help clarify your specific risks.
Knowing the exact reason why a person develops cancer is nearly impossible to pinpoint. However, research indicates there are some risk factors that may increase the likelihood a person will get cancer. Some of the well-known risk factors include using alcohol, poor diet, radiation, current or previous use of tobacco, overexposure to sunlight, obesity and hormones. Family history of cancer may also lead to a higher risk of developing cancer.
If you believe you may be at risk for cancer, talk with your primary care doctor to identify your specific risk factors and to learn more about available screening options.
Each type of cancer comes with a unique set of symptoms that may indicate cancer is present. If you notice changes in your health or experience general symptoms, such as fatigue, unintended weight loss or gain or unexplained fever for more than two weeks, you should schedule an appointment to visit your primary care doctor to review your health concerns. In most cases, these general symptoms are not due to cancer, but it’s still a good idea to get checked out so you can start feeling better.
To learn more about symptoms for a specific type of cancer click on the options below.