Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

Screening and diagnostic tests give you and your doctor the information you need to make medical decisions about your health. Expect timely, accurate results when you choose Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic for testing services.

Genetic Testing

Take charge of your health by learning your inherited risk of developing certain types of cancer, especially if you have a family or personal history of the disease. Explore genetic testing and counseling services.

Screenings

Screenings look for signs of cancer before you experience symptoms. These tests can find cancer early, when treatment works best. Ask your primary care provider about:

  • Breast cancer screenings – Include detailed 3D mammography and abbreviated breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a 10 to 15 minute test that may especially benefit women with dense breast tissue
  • Colonoscopy – Looks inside your large intestine for polyps (lumps), which could turn into cancer
  • Lung cancer screening – Uses computed tomography (CT) at low doses of radiation for certain current and former smokers
  • Pap test – Looks for changes in the cervix that could indicate cancer; may be done at the same time as an HPV test, which checks for a sexually transmitted infection that increases cancer risk
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – Screens for prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer screening – Examines the skin for moles of unusual size, texture, or color

Low-Cost Mammograms

If you don’t have health insurance coverage for mammograms, call our Cancer Resource Center at 515-956-6440 for information about free or low-cost breast cancer screenings. You deserve access to quality care that helps you protect your health.

Diagnostic & Staging Tests

If screening results or your health symptoms suggest cancer, your doctor may order a diagnostic test to find the cause. Trust us to confirm or rule out cancer with:

  • Biopsy – Takes a tiny sample of tissue to examine in a lab
  • Imaging tests – Show the inside of your body to reveal tumors
  • Lab tests – Check your blood, urine, or other body fluids for high or low levels of certain substances

These tests can also help your doctor stage cancer. Cancer stages describe where cancer started and whether it’s progressed (spread) to other parts of the body.

Results

Your primary care provider will contact you about the results of your tests and any needed next steps. If you have a MyChart account, you can also view the results in our secure, online patient portal.

Treating Cancer

After a cancer diagnosis, rest assured that you’ll have support from a compassionate team of experts. Look to the William R. Bliss Cancer Center for comprehensive, personalized treatment that helps you achieve your best outcome.

We Are Ready for You

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