Cancer Screening Specialist

South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

As part of your preventive health care plan, the team at South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, offers comprehensive cancer screenings. They ensure you’re in optimal health during your routine appointments, checking for early signs of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colon cancer. To schedule your cancer screening appointment, call the office directly.

Cancer Screening Q & A

When do I need a cervical cancer screening?

If you’re between the ages of 21-65 and are otherwise healthy, the doctors at South Sound Women’s Center recommend having a cervical cancer screening every three years.

More frequent screenings may be necessary if you have a personal or family history of cancer, however.

How is a cervical cancer screening performed?

Your doctor performs a Pap smear and tests for human papillomavirus (HPV) during an in-office pelvic exam. These tests require the collection of cells from your cervix that your doctor then analyzes for the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells or signs of HPV.

HPV is a viral infection you can get through sexual contact. While many HPV infections resolve on their own, some can cause changes to cervical cells and lead to cancer.

When should I get tested for breast cancer?

During your routine health exam, your doctor performs a manual breast exam to check for lumps or other abnormalities. If your doctor detects anything out of the ordinary, they will refer you for further testing, including a mammogram. You should also undergo regular breast cancer screenings annually once you turn 40, if you have a history of cancer, or if cancer runs in your family.

A mammogram is a preventive and diagnostic test where several images are taken of your breast tissue. A radiologist checks for signs of cancer and creates a report of your results.

Your doctor at South Sound Women’s Center can provide you with a referral for a mammogram. If your results are abnormal, your doctor can also work with the cancer specialist throughout your treatment to ensure your overall health.

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer occurs in your colon, a part of your large intestine. This type of cancer can also affect your rectum. In most cases, cancer cells start out as polyps, which are abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. If polyps remain untreated, they can become cancerous.

Your risk of developing colon cancer increases as you age. When detected early, colon cancer is very treatable. Regular colon cancer screenings help your doctor identify potential signs of cancer as early as possible, so effective treatment can begin sooner.

Your South Sound Women’s Center doctor can provide you with a referral for colon cancer screenings at an experienced facility as part of your routine preventive health care plan.

To learn more about the benefits of cancer screenings, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.