Screenings

Comprehensive cancer care starts with early detection through cancer screenings. A screening checks for cancer, or conditions that may lead to cancer, in people who may not have symptoms. Screenings can help health care providers find and treat some types of cancer early when cancer treatment may be more effective. By the time symptoms appear cancer may have already begun to spread, making it harder to treat.

Talk with your provider about the types of screenings that may be recommended and are most beneficial to you.

If your family has a history of cancer talk to your health care provider about the right screening plan for you. If you do not know about your genetic background, start talking with relatives or friends who know your family's medical history. 

Schedule your early cancer screening today

Colon Cancer Screening

Starting at age 50, both men and women should discuss including a colon cancer screening in their routine checkups with their health care provider. There are multiple tests to detect colorectal cancer. Having polyps found and removed keeps some people from getting colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it’s recommended that you start getting colon cancer screenings at age 40. Talk to your health care provider about which tests might be right for you.

To schedule your colon cancer screening call 505.727.7833.

Genetic Counseling

Women and their families concerned about breast cancer can be evaluated with our High Risk Breast Cancer Program, which combines the latest medical and scientific knowledge with the most advanced surveillance and diagnositc methods. 

The evaluation may include:

  • Breast MRI*
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Detailed family and personal risk assessment
  • Digital mammography and ultrasound
  • Genetic counseling and testing*

*Dependent on your risk factors

Our team of breast cancer specialists will develop a plan specific to you, which may include:

  • Custom breast imaging screening
  • One-on-one breast self-awareness education
  • Personalized surveillance plan
  • Prevention strategies
  • Preventive therapies/clinical trials
  • Prophylactic surgery
  • Risk reduction education
  • Six-month screening service rotation

To schedule an appointment at the Breast Care Center, please call 505.727.6900.

For more information on breast cancer, treatment and resources visit us here. 

Breast Care Center

Lung Cancer Screening

Lovelace Cancer Center now offers an annual $99 low-dose CT chest scan for lung cancer screening. The screening is simple, effective and can improve the outcome with early diagnosis. Some insurance plans will even cover this expense.

You may be a screening candidate if you:

  • Are a current or former cigarette smoker (having quit within the last 15 years)
  • Are between 50 – 80 years old
  • Have no known history of lung cancer
  • Have a smoking history of at least 20-pack years (one pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.)

To schedule your CT scan and see if you qualify for a no-cost CT scan, request a referral from your primary care physician and call 505.727.3086, or fill out the form below.

Mammography

We believe the best approach to reassure you about your overall health is to put you in control, and taking control of your breast health is a great way to start. Which is why we offer comprehensive services that give you the knowledge and tools to stay healthy. Relax and take control of your breast health with all that Lovelace has to offer.

Women over the age of 40 should have an annual mammogram. Talk with your health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

  • Two conveniently located Breast Health Centers
  • Warm and welcoming breast health professionals
  • Walk-ins available for a quick, more comfortable process
  • Open Saturdays for more convenience
  • 3D mammograms available
  • DEXA Scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scan)
  • Education and tools for women of all ages like tips for diet, exercise, and self-examination
  • Diagnostic breast MRI for patients at high risk for breast cancer at Lovelace Women’s Hospital

For breast self-exam instructions, click here

For more information on breast cancer, treatment and resources visit us here. 

Breast Care Center

Schedule Your Mammogram Online or Call 505-727-6900.

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