Cancer Risk & Screening

Genetic Counseling

We help people understand their risk of developing a disease or passing it on to a child. Genetic counseling sometimes helps with decisions about medical treatments. It can help you understand and prepare for the psychological or family impacts of a disease.

Whether genetic testing results are positive or negative, they can be very helpful. A negative test may bring you relief. Positive results allow you to make better-informed decisions about your future, including steps to reduce your cancer risk.

Cancer Screening Resources

We recommend cancer screenings that will help detect cancer at early stages. Early detection means earlier treatment, possibly before it has spread, resulting in better outcomes. 

Breast Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms beginning at the age of 40. Visit one of our Mercy Breast Centers to schedule yours today.

Mobile Mammograms:

You can visit us at one of our scheduled locations, or arrange to have us visit your business, community organization or church group and provide fast and professional screenings on-site. The actual screening takes just 15 minutes and is performed by registered female technologists from Mercy Breast Center. Call 314-279-5077 or 800-446-3742 to schedule.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer symptoms may not show up until an advanced stage. Screening with a low-dose CT (LDCT) can detect lung cancer earlier than ever which can improve the chances of surviving. It’s recommended for people age 55-77 with risk factors for lung cancer.

Colon Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society recommends annual colorectal cancer screening beginning at the age of 50. Mercy primary care doctors and Mercy colon specialists can help determine which screening test is best for you. Colorectal cancer can be hereditary and genetic testing is available.

Skin Cancer Screening

Regular skin self-exams are the best way to spot changes to moles, freckles and other skin marks between regular medical exams with your primary care doctor. 

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