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Ochsner Health, alongside the Ochsner Cancer Institute, remains focused on raising awareness for all forms of cancer. Our efforts are represented in the All in Against Cancer Mark which encompasses various cancer types displayed in the colorful ribbon. It also aligns with our multidisciplinary approach to care. Everyone helps in the fight against cancer, and we are “all in” and fully committed to providing our patients with the very best care.
Why Cancer Care at Ochsner?
For over 70 years, Ochsner has been dedicated to cancer research and new cancer treatment development, bringing innovations to the fight against cancer— including more clinical trials than anywhere else in the region.
At Ochsner, we have doctors so specialized that they treat specific types of cancer. Your doctor will work with a team of cancer specialists so you have the benefit of knowledge that can make all the difference in your treatment, quality of life and recovery.
Ochsner provides cancer services for adult and pediatric cancer patients and their families from diagnosis through recovery, including the most complex and difficult to treat cancers.
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Ochsner Health’s mission is to serve, heal, lead, educate and innovate.
Cancer Screenings Save Lives
Should you get cancer screenings? The answer is YES! It is so important that as we age, we get regular screenings for cancer. Although we don’t know the causes and risk factors for every kind of cancer, certain types have increased risk, making these tests very important.
Three cancer screenings that could save your life:
Breast cancer accounts for about 30 percent of all cancer diagnoses in women (approx. 270,000 cases annually)
It is recommended that all women should have an annual mammogram starting at age 40 to check for breast cancer. Some women may want to be screened earlier depending on family or medical history.
Women should also familiarize themselves with how their breasts look and feel. Always let your doctor know if you ever notice any changes in your breasts.
Colon cancer accounts for about 8-10 percent of all cancer diagnoses (approx. 145,000 cases annually)
People at average risk of colon cancer should start regular screenings at age 45. If you have a family history of colon cancer, screening should be initiated earlier.
The primary screening for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which should be done every 10 years, unless more frequent tests are suggested by your doctor. Another screening option is known as a FIT screen--an annual at-home screening test that checks for hidden blood in the stool.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, so it is recommended that adults see a dermatologist annually for routine skin checks.
You should always be familiar with all moles and spots on your skin. If you notice any changes, you should talk to your doctor right away. Things to look for include changes in size, color, and symmetry in current moles or marks on your skin.
Prevention is key and early detection is vital. Take care of your health and those you love and get regular cancer screenings.
To learn more and schedule your screenings now, please visit https://www.ochsner.org/cancer-screenings
Ochsner Cancer Institute Blogs:
3 Things to Know About Lung Cancer:
4 Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Breast Cancer:
Advice for Cancer Caregivers