June is National Cancer Suvivors Month!

May 26, 2022

June is nationally recognized as Cancer Survivor Month, which is highlighted by National Cancer Survivors Day®. Celebrated annually on the first Sunday of June, National Cancer Survivors Day® is a treasured celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.

On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

Early Detection:

Early detection of any cancer is clinically and statistically proven to improve outcomes. We offer two important cancer screening exams.

Screening Mammography:

Since 1990, there has been a 30% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S., which is due in large part to the early detection of breast cancer through screening mammography.

The Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology recommends the following guidelines for women to begin having annual screening mammograms:

  • Women at average risk for breast cancer: Annual mammogram from age 40
  • Women at increased risk for breast cancer: 

    - Women with certain BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations or who are untested but have first-degree relatives (mothers, sisters, or daughters) who are proved to have BRCA mutations:  Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25)

    - Women with ≥20% lifetime risk for breast cancer on the basis of family history (both maternal and paternal): Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later

    - Women with mothers or sisters with pre-menopausal breast cancer: Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later

    - Women with histories of mantle radiation (usually for Hodgkin's disease) received between the ages of 10 and 30: Yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy, but not before age 25

    - Women with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia (lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical lobular hyperplasia), atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer or ovarian cancer: Yearly from time of diagnosis, regardless of age

We both 2-D and Tomo (3-D) mammography at our Burnsville location and at The Breast Center, which is located in Coon Rapids. Screening mammography does not require an order from a referring physician. To learn more about screening mammography and to find scheduling information, please visit our website here.

CT Lung Cancer Screening:

A chest CT lung cancer screening is a low-dose (low-radiation) chest CT exam used to detect early stage lung cancer before signs or symptoms appear. The screening may detect lung abnormalities or nodules that would not otherwise be visible on a plain chest x-ray. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment. Some nodules may require further testing.

Who should have this screening?

CT Lung Cancer Screening is considered an annual exam, and intended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Men and women who are between the ages of 50 to 80 (Medicare ages 50-77) and
  • Asymptomatic for lung cancer and
  • Current or former smokers (quit within last 15 years) and
  • 20 pack year history (number of packs per day x number of years smoked)
  • Have an order from their health care provider for lung cancer screening with LDCT

Why should I have a CT Lung Cancer Screening and What Will It Tell Me?

An x-ray of the chest can be taken to look for early lung cancer, but recent medical studies have shown that low-dose CT scans provide better results. CT scans are able to detect very small nodules in the lung. Chest CT is especially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.

In 2010, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found 20% fewer lung cancer deaths among participants screened with low-dose CT compared to those screened with chest X-rays.

Is the screening covered by insurance?

If the screening criteria is met (in "Who should have this screening"), CT Lung Cancer Screenings are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare, with a referral from a healthcare provider. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to see if coverage is available for you.

Click here to learn more about CT Lung Cancer Screening as well as scheduling information.


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