Prevention and Risk Assessment
Get ahead of cancer
Get ahead of cancer with our prevention and risk assessment services. We will help you take control of your health with early cancer screenings and genetic cancer counseling to evaluate your hereditary risk.
With cancer screenings, we can find the disease early, while it is easiest to treat. Some screenings can even find growths before they ever become cancer. If you wait for symptoms to appear, your cancer may have already grown and spread, making it harder to cure. Talk to your health care provider about which cancer screenings are right for you and when you should get them. Or call us to discuss cancer screening options with Aurora Cancer Services at Aurora BayCare.
Genetic Cancer Counseling
If you have a family history of cancer, our Cancer Genetics Counseling program can help you learn if you are at high risk for developing cancer.
Lung Cancer / Nodule Screening
If are a smoker or former smoker, you may qualify for our high risk screening program designed to catch lung cancer at its earliest stages.
The Women’s Center has the latest imaging technology, including 3-D digital mammograms, bone density scans, and stereotactic biopsy – all together in one place. We are also the first hospital in Wisconsin to offer a calming, audiovisual mammogram, designed to help you relax and improve exam quality.
Breast Cancer - Gail Model
Calculate your risk of breast cancer using the Gail Model. Our Breast Cancer Prevention program helps high risk patients reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.
This procedure uses special X-ray equipment to produce pictures of the colon and takes less time than a traditional colonoscopy.
Regular Medical Checkups
Some cancer screenings can be done as part of your routine medical care. Visit your primary care provider regularly for routine cancer screens such as:
- Women’s Cancer Checkup (breasts, thyroid, mouth, skin, cervix and ovaries)
- Men’s Cancer Checkup (prostate, thyroid, mouth, skin, testes)
- Mammograms (for women, typically after age 40)
- Pap Tests (women’s health)
- Skin Evaluations
Making healthy choices can lower your risk of developing cancer. Here are some steps you can take:
- Stop Smoking: If you use tobacco products, quit.
- Avoid Sun Damage: Limit your time in the sun and use sunscreen to lower your risk of skin cancer. Avoid tanning beds which are just as damaging as natural sunlight.
- Get Screened: Visit your primary care physician regularly and make a plan for cancer screenings.
- Get Immunized: Certain viral infections can increase your risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor about Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Limit sugars and fat, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight and Stay Active
Cancer screening and prevention is a central part of our mission at the Aurora BayCare. We offer a wide range of cancer screening services and community education outreach.