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Cancer Screenings

Early detection can save your life.

Routine cancer screenings can help diagnose conditions early, when they are easier to treat. Regular visits with your physician are an important way to stay healthy throughout your life.  Here you will find information on cancer screenings and learn more about which screenings you may need.  Schedule an appointment or talk to your doctor if you have any questions.


Recommended every 10 years for adults without other risk factors, starting at age 50.
A colonoscopy is a procedure used to detect cancer of the colon and rectum. It takes about 30 minutes and you will be sedated to prevent discomfort.  Gastroenterologists generally perform colonoscopies. 

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Skin Check

Recommended for adults during periodic physical examinations or more often at your doctor’s discretion, starting at age 18.  Skin checks are examinations of skin surfaces to detect cancer.  Dermatologists generally perform this screening.

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Recommended annually for women starting at age 40.  A mammogram is radiologic procedure used to detect changes within the breast tissue that could indicate breast cancer.  Ochsner offers digital mammography and 3D mammography.  Your primary care doctor or OB/GYN can order a mammogram for you.  

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Pap Smear

Recommended every three years for women who have had three consecutive normal Pap tests, starting at age 18. A pap smear is the examination of a small sample of cells to detect pre-cancer or cervical cancer. An OB/GYN generally performs this screening.  

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Prostate Cancer Screening

Recommended for men starting at age 40.  Speak to your doctor about which screening exam is right for you.  A Urologist generally performs prostate cancer screenings. 

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Lung Cancer Screening

Recommended for adults between the ages of 55 and 77 who have a history of smoking 30 packs or more each year. Our lung cancer screening uses the lowest radiation CT scan available, which produces a 3D image of your lungs. The screening is non-invasive, and you don’t have to do anything special to prepare. There are no injections or dyes to drink. The scan takes less than five minutes.  

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