Prevention & Early Detection

Faster & More Accurate 

The 64-slice CT imaging system at
St. Dominic's produces a high-resolution 3D image of an organ in less than 10 seconds.

With the help of the latest technology our physicians are able to diagnose and treat cancer earlier, leading to better outcomes and longer lives for our patients.

Learn about our Advanced Imaging Technology

 

 

Up to two-thirds of all cancer cases could be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives, according to the American Cancer Society. By committing to a healthier lifestyle, you can reduce your risks for many cancers.

Four steps to start you on your way:

1. Eat healthy -- Include more fruits and vegetables and whole grains in your diet and choose meals low in fat and calories. You can reduce your risk of cancer by as much as 30 to 40% by making healthier food choices. In fact, some foods can actually help protect against certain cancers. Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Drinking has been linked to colon, breast and liver cancers and when combined with smoking, greatly increases the risk of head and neck cancer.

2. Exercise -- Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to be healthy. For many people, looking for ways to work in activity during the day, rather than planning a formal, vigorous exercise program, is the most effective way to achieve the recommended levels (at least 30 - 45 minutes a day, at least five days per week) of physical activity.

3. Do not use tobacco products -- Tobacco products (including smoking, chewing and dipping tobacco) are a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx and esophagus and can contribute in the development of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, uterine cervix, kidney, stomach, and some leukemias. 

Smoking is responsible for:

  • 87% of all lung cancer cases
  • 30% of all deaths from cancer
  • Raising the risk of developing more than eight types of cancer
  • Can contribute to heart disease and stroke
  • Low birth rate in newborns and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

4. Limit exposure to the sun -- Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than one million cases of non melanoma skin cancer are found in this country each year, most of those are considered to be sun-related.  A few simple precautions can help you reduce your exposure to the sun.

  • Avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • If you must be outside, wear hat, shirt, pants (if possible) or Sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater
  • Wear a hat. Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses with 99-100 percent UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
  • During your yearly physical have your doctor check any changes in moles or birthmarks.