Cancer Screenings

Annual screening exams can help detect
cancer early, which may save your life.

Annual screening exams can help detect <br/>cancer early, which may save your life.

Cancer Screenings

The Cancer Center provides free cancer screenings throughout the year. The following screenings are typically available:

After each screening, Cancer Center staff will follow-up with you regarding your results. You are encouraged to share these results with your healthcare provider.

Screenings are offered at no-cost. On occasion there may be restrictions or limitations.

To learn more about upcoming dates of our screenings, please contact Connie, our Resource Coordinator, by email or at (509) 737-3420.

Cancer Screening Guidelines

The following are recommendations for cancer screenings.

Men and women 20-40 should have a general cancer check-up every three years. Men and women 40+ should have a general cancer check-up annually. Check-ups may include examination for cancers of thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries.

Breast Cancer

Women 40+ should have an annual mammogram, annual clinical breast exam performed by a physician, and monthly breast self-exams. Women 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam every 3 years and monthly breast self-exams.

Cervix and Uterine Cancers

Women 3 years after onset of sexual intercourse, but not later than age 21, should have an annual screening with regular Pap test.

Skin Cancer

Adult men and women should examine their skin regularly and see a physician to evaluate new growths or changes in existing growths.

Prostate Cancer

Men 50+ should have a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam annually. Men with a strong family history of prostate cancer or African-American men should begin at age 45.

Colon and Rectum Cancers

Men and women 50+ should have a fecal occult blood test every year and follow one of these exam schedules:

  • Sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • A digital rectal exam should be performed with each exam