Screening tests are used to find cancer in people who have no symptoms. Screening gives you the best chance of finding cancer as early as possible - while it's small and before it has spread - to make treatment easier.

At Health First, we offer a number of advanced cancer screening options:

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening using a low-dose CT scan for people who currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years, have a history of heavy smoking and are between the ages of 55 and 80 years old.

Screening can help find cancer at an earlier stage when it is easier to treat. Results from the National Lung Screening Trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed a dramatic reduction (20 percent) in lung cancer deaths among high-risk patients screened yearly with low-dose CT scans of the chest, in comparison to patients screened with standard chest X-rays.

Learn more about Health First's lung cancer services.

Colon Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find these growths, so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening tests also can find colon cancer early, which is when treatment works best.

Testing is recommended through age 75. People aged 76 to 85 should talk with their health care provider about whether continuing screening is right for them. Most people older than 85 should no longer be screened.

Learn more about Health First's colon cancer services.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Overall health status, and not age alone, is important when making decisions about prostate cancer testing. Men who can expect to live at least 10 more years should talk with a health care provider about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of testing so they can decide if they want to be tested.

Learn more about Health First's prostate cancer services.

Breast Cancer Screening

Health First is proud to be the first in Brevard County to offer tomosynthesis technology for breast mammography. This 3D technology is the first and only clinically superior 3D mammography approved by the FDA. It can detect 41 percent more invasive breast cancers while reducing false positives by up to 40 percent.

This mammogram technology also reduces the overall call-back rates from screenings by 30 percent, which means women who are at a higher risk and those who have dense breast tissue will see clearer results from their screening mammogram, making it less likely that they would have to be called back for a diagnostic mammogram, which includes an ultrasound.

Learn more about Health First's breast cancer services.

Cervical Cancer Screenings

Cervical cancer screenings are an important part of every woman's health. At Health First, we provide two cervical cancer screening tests - a Pap test and an HPV test. The Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix which may turn into cancer. The HPV test looks for the virus (human papillomavirus) that can cause these cell changes. Pap tests also can find cervical cancer early, when the chance of being cured is very high.

No testing is needed if you've had regular cervical cancer testing with normal results during the previous 10 years. No testing is needed after a hysterectomy that removed the uterus and cervix as long as it was done for reasons not related to cervical cancer. Women with a history of a serious cervical pre-cancer should continue testing for 20 years after that diagnosis.

Learn more about Health First's gynecologic cancer services.

Thyroid Cancer Screening

In its early stages, Thyroid Cancer often causes no symptoms. As time goes on, a lump may form in the neck and could be associated with swelling or trouble swallowing. Since the lymph nodes are located close to the thyroid gland, early detection and diagnosis is critical in preventing the spread.

Learn more about Health First's thyroid cancer services.

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Health First Cancer Institute is No. 1 in Brevard for cancer specialists. We offer more physicians working together in the detection, treatment and management of cancer, offering more specialties than any other single program in Brevard County.