Cancer Prevention & Screening
How to Reduce Cancer Risk
In the video below, Dr. Dan Labriola shares his insights about certain green foods that have the ability to combat cancer.
As the largest cancer program in the Pacific Northwest, the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) continuously leads the way in researching and using the latest tests available for the prevention and early detection of cancer. Our patients have access to experienced specialists and the most advanced technology, from full-field digital mammography for the early detection of breast cancer to the "gold standard" colonoscopy for colorectal cancer to genetic testing experts at the SCI's Hereditary Cancer Clinic.
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Thanks to a rise in routine mammograms, more and more breast cancers are being caught in the earliest, most treatable stages. The Swedish Breast Centers are a network of breast-cancer screening and diagnostic clinics offering the latest in mammography, ultrasound and minimally invasive biopsies. Most women turn to the Swedish Breast Centers to rule out or confirm breast cancer.
The Swedish Breast Centers network includes four convenient locations and partnerships with primary- and specialty-care clinics throughout the region. Additionally, through the mobile mammography program, Swedish Breast Care Express brings high-quality mammography services to communities, organizations and businesses throughout Western Washington.
Colonoscopy helps detect the polyps that are predecessors of colon cancer. Finding and removing these polyps prevents the development of colorectal cancers in nearly all cases. If cancer is already present, colonoscopy can help find it early enough for successful treatment.
Current guidelines recommend that most adults begin their colorectal cancer screenings at age 50. Those under age 50 with other risk factors and symptoms should talk with their physician or a specialist at the Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic about possibly starting colorectal cancer screenings before age 50.
Physicians at Swedish have specialized training and expertise in screening and diagnosing colorectal cancer. Optical (traditional) colonoscopy remains the gold standard for screening. At Swedish, colonoscopies are performed thousands of times a year by colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists—making Swedish's colorectal cancer screening program the largest in the Northwest.
If lung cancer can be found early, it is more likely that patients can be treated with the goal of a cure while lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. However, despite more patients being diagnosed with lung cancer each year than any other cancer, national policy for lung-cancer screening and research on patients at risk for developing lung cancer remains inadequate.
The SCI is at the forefront of lung-cancer screening research, participating in studies that evaluate the most effective methods for early detection. Currently, Swedish is one of 38 international sites and the only site in the Northwest taking part in the Early Lung Cancer Action Project (ELCAP), a study evaluating the use of spiral computerized tomography (CT) scans to screen and detect lung abnormalities early, hopefully before the cancer spreads to other organs and reduces the chance for a cure.
- For Current or Former Smokers - Lung Cancer Screening
- For Secondhand Smokers (*) - Secondhand Smoke Exposure Screening
(*) you have smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in your entire life - and you have had significant exposure to secondhand smoke
The SCI's Hereditary Cancer Clinic focuses on patients and families at risk for hereditary cancers including—but not limited to—breast, ovarian and colon cancers. The results of genetic testing can significantly influence a patient’s treatment plan, as well as indicate appropriate screening tests and medical procedures for relatives who may be at risk of cancer. Genetic testing results and consultations with SCI's experts may lead a patient at high risk to consider preventive procedures or screening procedures, such as:
- Prophylatic Mastectomy: Surgically removing one or both breasts may prevent or reduce risk of developing hereditary breast cancer when there is no sign of breast cancer.
- Salpingo-Oophorectomy (RRSO): Surgically removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent or reduce the risk of developing hereditary breast cancer when there is no sign of ovarian cancer. Salpingo-oophorectomy (PDF)
- High risk breast cancer screening
Ovarian cancer remains one of the most aggressive and difficult gynecological cancers. It is usually detected in later stages when it is more serious and difficult to treat. The ovarian cancer screening program is designed to closely monitor women with a high risk for developing ovarian cancer using the CA125 blood test and transvaginal ultrasound.
If you have a family history of two or more blood relatives with breast or ovarian cancers, or you or a close relative have tested positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2, a genetic marker, or are of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity, you may be a candidate for this screening program.
Routine screenings for other cancers, such as prostate and skin cancer, are offered through various partner physician offices and Swedish's Community Health Education program.
April 20, 2013 Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Revisited
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Many colorectal cancers are preventable through early detection and lifestyle changes. Watch Video
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