Cancer Prevention Center
Many people think that cancer is inevitable, but developing healthy lifestyle habits and getting regular screening exams can greatly reduce your risk for some types of cancer.
MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center offers a range of services to help you learn how to reduce your cancer risk or to detect cancer early at its most treatable stage. Cancer screening exams are based on age, gender and disease risk. Risk assessment and risk reduction services are available as, well as diagnostic evaluation services.
Comprehensive Cancer Screening Exams
We offer cancer screening services for the most common cancers:
Breast cancer: A clinical breast exam and screening mammogram can help detect early breast cancers.
Cervical cancer: Human papilloma virus (HPV) testing is performed to identify women at risk of cervical cancer due to an infection with the virus and a Pap Smear test can be performed to detect abnormal cells in the cervix.
Colorectal cancer: Both conventional and virtual colonoscopies are available.
Prostate cancer: A digital rectal exam and PSA blood test are available.
Skin cancer: A thorough examination of the skin is performed. A skin biopsy may be performed for suspicious lesions.
Lung cancer: For former and current heavy smokers who meet screening criteria, a low-dose helical CT scan is available.
Diagnostic Evaluation Services
Early detection is your best defense against cancer. For those who may have symptoms of cancer but have not yet been diagnosed, our specialized clinics can perform screenings and other tests to confirm a cancer diagnosis:
Cancer Risk Assessment
Approximately 5-10% of cancer is inherited. For individuals at increased risk due to a family history of cancer, MD Anderson offers genetic counseling. Based on your cancer risk assessment, genetic testing may also be recommended.
Risk Reduction Services
Support and treatment services are provided for MD Anderson patients, to help introduce healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer:
- Tobacco Treatment Program
- Nutrition counseling
To determine which cancer prevention services are best for you or to schedule an appointment, call 713-745-8040; toll-free 1-800-438-6434.
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