SSM Health Cancer Screenings & Genetic Testing

Early Cancer Detection: Screenings & Genetic Testing

Cancer Screenings​

Cancer screenings are available for men and women and  designed for people who are without symptoms but concerned about their cancer risk. SSM Health St. Mary's cancer treatment locations follow American Cancer Society guidelines for screenings for men and women.

For Women: screenings focus on detecting breast, cervical and skin cancers and includes physician examination of the skin, clinical breast exam, a mammogram, pap test and pelvic exam and a site-specific physical exam of the abdomen, thyroid, peripheral lymph nodes and rectum. 

For men: screenings include a site-specific physical exam of the skin, abdomen, peripheral lymph nodes, thyroid, external genitalia and digital rectal exam of the prostate. A PSA blood test is available at an additional charge.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a laboratory test to look for genetic alterations associated with certain cancers. Blood samples are sent to specialized laboratories and may take several weeks for results. Genetic testing may reveal whether the cancer risk in a family is passed through their genes.

Cancer Risk factors include a personal or family history of: 

  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50 
  • Ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age 
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same individual 
  • Colorectal cancer or endometrial cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Multiple colorectal and/or endometrial cancers in the same person

Types of Cancers for which Genetic Testing can assess risk:

  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BReast CAncer) genes 
  • Breast Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer 
  • Colon Cancer
  • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Kidney/urinary tract cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Central nervous system cancer
  • Small bowel cancer

Screening Assistance Programs

For those unable to afford a screening, financial assistance is available through the Ms. Anna Margaret Griffin Cancer Screening Assistance grant or Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Project (BCCCP). 

Who qualifies for the grant?
  • Women, 35 years of age or older
  • Men, 50 years of age or older
  • Missouri residents
  • Those who meet specified financial eligibility guidelines
​To learn more, call 573-582-4100 or 1-877-909-HERS (4377).​

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    • I am age 35 or older.
    • I am NOT experiencing any issues, such as a lump, nipple discharge or other changes.
    • I was not diagnosed with breast cancer within the last three years.
    • I have not breast fed within the last six months.
    • It has been one year or more since my last appointment.
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