Preventive Screenings

The Cancer Center at Indiana University Health West Hospital provides a number of preventive screening oppotunities in order to detect a variety of cancers while they are in the early stages. By taking action and participating in cancer screening, you can prevent or detect cancer early...and possibly save your life.

Screenings may involve a physical exam, lab tests or other procedures. You should always discuss your personal risk for cancer and your need for screening with your doctor.

Use Caution

The American Cancer Society (ACS) describes an easy way to look for symptoms of possible cancers using the CAUTION program. It is important to know some of the symptoms of different types of cancer: be aware of the following:

Change in bowel or bladder habits
A sore that does not heal
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Thickening of a lump in any part of the body
Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
Obvious change in a wart or mole
Nagging cough or hoarseness

These could suggest cancer, but are not diagnostic. Bring such signs to your doctor's attention for further evaluation.

Following are summary results from 2013 - 2016. This information will be updated annually. Preventive screenings for 2017 are still in the process of being planned. Be sure to check the Events Calendar regularly to learn more about community outreach and screening opportunities available at IU Health West Hospital.

SKIN SCREENING 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of patients screened 47 55 48 85
Referred for biopsy 9 7 8 20
Referred for evaluation 0 13 15 12
CANCERS IDENTIFIED 2 3 5 10

 

LUNG SCREENING 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of patients screened 18 18 78 79
Referred for evaluation 0 0 0 3
CANCERS IDENTIFIED 0 0 0 3

 

HEAD & NECK SCREENING (ORAL) 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of patients screened 12 11 1 9
Follow-up required 0 0 0 0

 

SCREENING EXAMS 2013 2014 2015 2016
PSA 813 1011 1534 1802
COLONOSCOPY/FLEX 364 338 397 307
MAMMOGRAPHY 5114 5196 5449 6406
OCCULT BLOOD 1410 561 589 507