Save a life, screen for cancer early and often.

Cancer screening

Regular screenings are the cornerstone of cancer prevention

Early detection is crucial in the fight against cancer. Our experienced team of doctors, nurses, and technicians use the most up-to-date equipment to perform a variety of essential tests like mammograms, colonoscopies and more.

If you're unsure about which screenings are right for you, talk to your primary care provider. They'll consider factors like your age, family medical history and other risk factors. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and effective screening experience, ensuring that you leave with valuable insights into your health. At Salem Health, we prioritize both your well-being and your peace of mind, making sure you're well-informed and cared for every step of the way.

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Cancer screening appointments

Talk with your primary care provider to find out what screenings are right for you.

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Breast cancer screening

Research still supports mammography as the best tool for early detection. Screening every year for women age 40 and older continues to save lives. Know how your breasts normally look and feel, and report any changes to your doctor. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine the best screening options for you.


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Learn about breast cancer screening from the CDC.


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Cervical cancer screening

Women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21. The Pap test (or Pap smear) helps look for precancers, cell changes to the cervix that may later become cervical cancer if not treated appropriately.

The HPV test looks for the virus (human papillomavirus) that can cause these cell changes, which can cause cervical cancer and other cancers in women and men.


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Learn about cervical cancer screening from the CDC.

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Colon cancer screening

Colonoscopies help prevent colorectal cancer by removing polyps before they can turn into cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer screening for both men and women start at age 45 for those at average risk. Although several tests can be used to screen for colorectal cancer, to find your best option talk with your health care provider.


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Learn more about colorectal cancer screening from the CDC.

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Lung cancer screening

In 2013 we embraced an innovative screening method that continues to be successful in finding lung cancer in early stages — when it can be treated most effectively. Low-dose computed tomography, or LDCT, is a painless, non-invasive imaging scan that uses no dyes or injections, and requires nothing to swallow by mouth. The scan itself takes about 10 minutes to complete, but please allow 45 minutes for the entire appointment.


Learn more


Learn more about lung cancer screening from the CDC.

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Prostate cancer screening

All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer but those at greater risk include African-American men and those with a family history. The test commonly used for prostate cancer screening, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is a blood test that measures the level of PSA in the blood.


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Learn more about prostate cancer screening from the CDC.

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Cancer Genetics Program

More is learned every day about how cancer risk is affected by family history and inherited factors. Some families have hereditary cancer that can be identified with genetic testing.

Roughly five to ten percent of cancers are hereditary and develop due to a gene mutation that has been passed down in the family. As a result, individuals who inherit a mutation from their mother or father are at a higher risk to develop certain cancers.

Understanding your risk factors

Individuals who have a hereditary cancer syndrome have an increased risk for certain cancers and/or to develop second primary cancers. Other family members are also at risk to have the same mutation. In addition, you may have an increased risk for cancer if you or a family member has a history of:

  • Adult cancer diagnosed under the age of 50.
  • More than one type of cancer in the same person.
  • Two or more relatives with the same type of cancer.
  • Male breast cancer.
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in close family members.
  • Colon and uterine cancer in close family members.
  • Breast or ovarian cancer and a Jewish background.
  • More than 10 colon and/or rectal polyps in total (not necessarily found all at once).


Genetic counseling can help you:

  • Learn how your own cancer and family history may affect you.
  • Understand if genetic testing makes sense for you.
  • Know what you may or may not gain from genetic testing.
  • Become aware and take steps to reduce your cancer risk.


Genetic counseling FAQs



Meet our genetic counselors

Genetic counselors conduct risk assessments for cancer based on a patient's medical and family history.

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Alena Faulkner, MS, CGC



Katie Stoll genetic counselor

Katie Stoll, MS, CGC




For the most up-to-date information about each type of cancer, its treatment and its outlook, visit these national resources.

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