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 who has quit within the last 15 years
  • Are between 55 – 80 years old
  • Have no known history of lung cancer
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30-pack years (one pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 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.


The Breast Care Center at Lovelace Women's Hospital offers state-of-the-art technology for screening and evaluation of breast cancer, including 3D MAMMOGRAPHY(R) for faster and more accurate results. We also provide diagnostic breast MRI for patients at high risk for breast cancer and those requiring more definitive breast imaging. 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.

For breast self-exam instructions, click here

To schedule your mammogram, call 505.727.8966 or complete the form below.

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

Breast Care Center