Common Questions

Why should I be screened? 

  • Screening tests can often find changes very early, well before they begin to show symptoms. Early detection of disease can save lives by providing more treatment options and increasing chances of a cure.
  • The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be screened.
  • Everyone ages 45 and older should be screened for colorectal cancer. Early detection saves lives!
  • If a member of your family has had breast or colorectal cancer, your health care provider may recommend starting screening earlier.
  • Anyone with a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer may often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up. It can be highly curable when found and treated early.

What if I don’t have a Doctor?

  • Cancer Services Program will schedule an appointment you with one of our providers at a convenient location.

What’s a CBE?

  • A Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) is a physical exam of the beast performed by a health care provider to check for lumps or other changes.

What is a pap smear/test?

  • A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix (the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of your vagina).