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As a comprehensive cancer center, the Porter Cancer Care Center plays an important role in the community. We continually use our resources to support and educate the community on cancer care. Education enables cancer patients and their families, friends, and caregivers to make informed decisions about their treatment and symptom management and improves their quality of life.
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We are also committed to sponsoring prevention programs, as well as screening and early detection programs. Cancer control and detection include education about high risk behaviors, environmental and lifestyle modification and methods to reduce risk of developing cancer. Early detection is the discovery of cancer at an early stage, maximizing the potential for cure.
Porter Adventist Hospital has been an active participant in the 9Health Fair for over a decade. With over 25 screenings available, the 9Health Fair results, along with an explanation on how to interpret the results, are delivered directly to the participant within three to six weeks of the visit. The team of volunteer registered nurses and physicians will contact individuals within 72 hours of their 9Health Fair visit and, if necessary, provide local follow up resources if the results indicate that a critical or alert health situation is occurring.
In addition to the basic 31-Component Blood Chemistry Screening (Blood Draw) some of the cancer specific screenings available at the 9Health fair are as follows:
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - Recommended for men 40 years and older with risk factors, or all males 50 and older. PSA is a blood screening that measures a protein that is only produced by the male prostate gland. Elevations of PSA may occur in men with non-cancerous prostate diseases or prostate cancer. A normal PSA level does not entirely exclude the possibility of prostate cancer.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) is strongly encouraged in conjunction with PSA screening.
Colon Cancer Education - Learn about preventing colorectal cancer, one of the most preventable cancers, and why you should get a colonoscopy.
Breast Screenings - Consists of a thorough examination of the breast, chest and armpit to help identify any changes in shape or size of the breast or the presence of skin dimpling. The health professional also teaches the participant the proper technique for a systematic breast self-exam.
Oral Health Screening - Looks for tooth and gum disease and oral cancer by checking the inside of the mouth for sores and lesions. Education regarding the importance of periodic oral exams and risk factors for oral diseases is provided.
Pap Smear Screening - A Pap smear (sometimes called a cervical smear) is looks at cervical cells and can help find abnormal cells before cancer develops. All women ages 18 and older or who are sexually active should have a Pap smear every year. A doctor or nurse scrapes cells from your cervix and then sends them to a laboratory for evaluation. A report explaining your Pap smear results will be mailed to you within eight weeks.
Prostate/Testicular Screening - Checks for prostate and testicular cancer. The doctor will feel your prostate and testicles for any enlargement, lumps, swelling, shrinking and other abnormalities that can lead to prostate or testicular cancer. Men are taught to perform testicular self-examination as well as screen for testicular cancer.
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