Perhaps the most important weapon in the battle against cancer is timely and accurate information. Shore Medical Center’s Cancer Program is supported by the most advanced laboratory with Mayo Laboratory affiliation, high-tech diagnostic imaging supported by the board certified, fellowship training radiologists from Advanced Radiology Solutions (ARS) and other cancer detection systems – nationally accredited to ensure accuracy and speed when every minute counts.
The American College of Radiology accredits mammography services at Shore Medical Center, including full-field digital mammography.
Through its partnership with ARS, Shore’s medical staff includes one of the region’s leading women’s imaging specialists – Alicia Daniels, MD. Dr. Daniels is board certified and received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, while completing a diagnostic radiology residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Dr. Daniels, is a member of the Shore Cancer Center multidisciplinary team, which includes renowned medical and radiation oncologists and breast surgeons. Together, they provide the most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends women with an average risk for breast cancer to begin mammograms at age 40 if they wish to do so. Women between age 45 and 54 should get a mammogram every year. Women over age 55 may switch to every two years or may continue yearly screening. Any women with high risk should talk to their doctor about what is right for them. For more information see American Cancer Society's website.
Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50 men or women with an average risk for developing colorectal cancer should begin screening. There are multiple tests; however any positive results would require a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is one of the options for colorectal cancer screening and it allows for an examination of a greater area and the ability to remove polyps. Men or women with a higher risk should talk to their doctor about colorectal cancer screening, when to begin and how often to be screened. For more information see American Cancer Society's website.
Cervical Cancer Screening
American Cancer Society recommends all women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21. How often a woman should be screened depends on a woman's risk of cervical cancer; whether the woman has had previous abnormal pap tests; and HPV results. For more information see American Cancer Society's website.
Lung Cancer Screening
The American Cancer Society has published guidelines that recommend doctors discuss lung cancer screening with people who meet certain criteria that put them at high risk for developing the disease. These high risk patients must be aged 55 to 74 years old, have an extensive smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. If people decide to be screened, the recommendation specifies that testing should be done with a low dose computed tomography (CT) scan and take place at a distinguished Lung Cancer Screening Center such as Shore Medical Center.
Prostate Cancer Screening
American Cancer Society recommends that men are given the opportunity to make an informed decision with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer screening beginning at age 50 for men who are at average risk. Men at high risk such as African American men and men who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer prior to age 65 should begin at age 45. Some men with an even higher risk should begin at 40. The purpose of the informed decision conversation is to discuss the pros and cons of screening and whether it is appropriate for the individual. Once screening is decided upon the test consists of a prostate-specific antigen blood test and/or a digital rectal exam.
Screening for the Uninsured
Shore Cancer Center's Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (CEED) provides free breast, cervical, colorectal and/or prostate cancer for people who have no insurance or are underinsured. Do you have insurance deductibles or out of pocket expenses you cannot afford which are inhibiting you to get important cancer screenings? The CEED program may be able to help. Call 609-653-3484 to see if you qualify.