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Cancer Screenings

Proactive Cancer Care Services in St. Lawrence County

When it comes to cancer, we know that early detection is key. That's why the team at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center works so hard to deliver free or low-cost cancer screenings. With these tools, we can find cancers sooner, when they're easier to treat.

We offer cancer screening tests for:

  • Breast cancer
    • We provide free breast cancer screenings, which include a clinical breast exam by one of our providers as well as a 3D mammogram, to eligible women through a partnership with the St. Lawrence Cancer Services Program.
  • Colorectal cancer
    • We provide free colorectal cancer screenings to uninsured individuals who meet screening criteria, through a generous grant from the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund and the generosity of our physicians Christopher Brandy, MD.
  • Lung cancer
    • We provide free lung cancer screenings to uninsured individuals and $99 lung cancer screenings to all others who meet the screening criteria, through a generous grant from the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund and our radiologist Ali Gharagozloo, MD.
  • Skin cancer
    • We provide free, countywide skin cancer screenings annually through our seven area health centers. There are no eligibility requirements for this screening.

We're proud to offer these programs to our community. Our low-cost screening program is just one of the ways we defend your tomorrow.

Do I Need a Cancer Screening?

When is the right time to receive a cancer screening? This is a conversation you should have with your doctor. A patient’s need for a cancer screening will depend on their age, medical history, and their family’s medical history. Patients who have higher cancer risk factors will need screenings more regularly than others.

You can also request a referral for a cancer screening from your doctor if you experience any symptoms that concern you. The early warning signs of cancer vary depending on the type of cancer, but there are some physical symptoms that can be detected for breast and skin cancer. It is recommended you perform a self-skin and breast exam at least once a month. Take this time to look for any new growths, moles, or discolorations that may have appeared on your body. If something seems unusual, contact your primary care physician.