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Outstanding Achievement Award

In 2012, 2009 and 2006, The Commission on Cancer gave Pardee Hospital the Outstanding Achievement Award 

Cancer Diagnosis & Screening

If your doctor tells you that you need to undergo a cancer screening or diagnostic test, you may feel anxious. In many cases, there is nothing to worry about. Screening is part of good preventive health care.

If you have cancer, testing can help catch the disease at an earlier stage, which can make treatment more effective.

Cancer screening tests

Depending on your age, gender, symptoms and overall health, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following cancer screenings:

  • Breast cancer: If you are a woman who is 40 or older, you need a yearly mammogram. The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center offers both 3D and digital mammography.

  • Cervical cancer: If you are a woman between 20 and 29, you need a Pap smear every three years; if you are a woman age 30 and older, you need a Pap smear and HPV test every five years.

  • Colorectal cancer: If you are age 50 or older, talk to your doctor about getting a colonoscopy screening.

  • Lung cancer: If you are currently a smoker or have quit within the last 15 years and are between the ages of 50 and 77, ask your doctor if you are eligible for a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening.

  • Prostate cancer: Men, talk to your doctor about your screening options, such as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.

  • Skin cancer: See your doctor yearly for a skin check to look for suspicious moles or changes to your skin.

Cancer diagnostic tests

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, he or she may use one or more of the following tests to make a diagnosis:

  • Biopsy: Your doctor will surgically remove a small sample of your tissue and have it tested for cancer cells.

  • Blood test: A health care professional will draw your blood and send it to our laboratory for testing.

  • Endoscopy: An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure during which your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera attached to the end to look inside your digestive tract for signs of cancer or other issues.

  • Imaging: Imaging tests include X-rays, PET/CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds to look for signs of cancer or other health conditions.

  • Nuclear medicine scan: During this noninvasive exam, a doctor will inject one of your veins with a small amount of radioactive tracer, which will absorb throughout your body. Then he or she will take pictures of your organs and tissues with a special camera. The radioactive tracer allows your doctor to see organs and tissue more clearly than they appear on X-ray images.

  • Physical exam: Your doctor will check your body for potential signs of cancer.

Schedule a 3D Mammogram


To schedule an appointment or learn more about The Elizabeth Reilly Brest center call, 828-698-7979.

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