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Cancer Detection

Cancer detection at Banner Desert Cancer Center  

Banner Desert Cancer Center knows the best treatment for cancer is early detection.

We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and specially trained, experienced staff who recognize that most cancers are easier to treat when they are found in their earlier stages. 

We also offer a genetic counselor who can help patients determine risks for various cancers based on their family history.

When should I get particular screenings?

Banner Desert follows the American Cancer Society screening guidelines:

Breast cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early detection of breast cancer:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.
  • A breast exam done by health care professional about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
  • Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.

The American Cancer Society recommends that some women - because of their family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors - be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms.

Colorectal cancer and polyps

Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing schedules:

Tests that find polyps and cancer:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years;
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years;
  • Double-contrast barium enema every five years; or,
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years.

Tests that primarily find cancer:

  • Yearly fecal occult blood test;
  • Yearly fecal immunochemical test every year; or,
  • Stool DNA test interval uncertain.
Talk to your doctor about which test is best for you.

All women should begin cervical cancer screening about three years after they begin having vaginal intercourse, but no later than 21 years old. Screening should be done every year with the regular Pap test or every two years using the newer liquid-based pap test.
  • Beginning at age 30, women who have had three normal pap test results in a row may get screened every two to three years. Women older than 30 may also get screened every three years with either the conventional or liquid-based Pap test, plus the human papilloma virus (HPV) test.
  • Women 70 years of age or older who have had three or more normal pap tests in a row and no abnormal pap test results in the last 10 years may choose to stop having pap tests.
  • Women who have had a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) may also choose to stop having pap tests, unless the surgery was done as a treatment for cervical cancer or pre-cancer. Women who have had a hysterectomy without removal of the cervix should continue to have pap tests.

Some women - because of their history - may need to have a different screening schedule for cervical cancer.

Prostate cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Starting at age 50, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you.

If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with your doctor starting at age 45.

If you decide to be tested, you should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you are tested will depend on your PSA level.

cancer care at Banner Desert
Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-3000
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