The Center for Cancer Care is just one facet of the comprehensive care provided by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the CPH home page.
Taking good care of yourself means heading to the doc regularly for preventative care. Make your appointment for these three screenings so you can catch any signs of cancer early.
If you're over 50 or at high risk of developing colorectal cancer, it's time to start getting regular colonoscopies. The procedure allows doctors to see the entire colon, including any ulcers, tumors, or polyps that may have developed, and to take tissue samples if necessary. We know you don't like drinking buckets of technicolor sludge to speed your digestion along so a gastroenterologist can stick a camera up your rear end. But doctors agree it's worth it.
There's more to mammograms than smushing your girls into an uncomfortable boob sandwich. They're a way for doctors to take x-rays of your breast to see if there are any signs of cancer, including lumps, tumors, or tiny calcium deposits. The Center for Cancer Care offers 3D mammography, creates a 3D picture of the breast. Start getting mammograms at age 40, or earlier if there's a history of breast cancer in your family. Plus, mammograms take that doctor-gives-you-stickers thing to a whole new level: they'll put stickers on your nipples and any moles so as not to create shadows in the x-ray image.
It's cold. It's awkward. And it's the best way to screen for HPV and cervical cancer. Pap smears allow doctors to see if persistent HPV is causing precancerous lesions or cancer in the cervix. Even if you've been vaccinated against HPV, you still need to get regular pap smears every three years. Start regular screening when you're 21.