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Cancer Screening and Prevention

Reducing the Impact of Cancer on Our Community

Screening tests are one of many ways MultiCare Regional Cancer Center is reducing the impact of cancer on our community. We partner with your primary care provider to deliver the screening that's right for you. We are also an active community partner in cancer prevention and awareness efforts that are helping people live healthier lives. 

Cancer Screenings at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center

Cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopies for colon cancer, help doctors detect early signs of cancer. MultiCare’s cancer doctors (oncologists) stay up to date on the latest cancer screening research so you can feel confident you are receiving the tests that are right for your needs. 

Our years of experience help us tailor care for people with an elevated cancer risk. We may recommend early or more frequent testing to catch cell changes that could lead to cancer. 

We also advise community doctors on the latest cancer screening practices to help people throughout the South Puget Sound receive the best possible care. 

Cancer Screening Tests

The tests that are right for you depend on your age, gender, family history and health history. 
We offer screening tests for: 

Expert Cancer Care in the South Puget Sound

Receiving positive or abnormal screening tests can be worrisome. MultiCare’s cancer care team helps you get answers along with any additional care you may need from trusted experts. Read more about us

Our team includes doctors who specialize in helping people who have a family history of cancer reduce their risk of developing cancer themselves.

For patients with a family history of breast cancer or gynecologic cancer, our gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists and breast surgeons develop individualized plans for reducing risk. 

MultiCare Cancer Prevention and Awareness

Our cancer prevention and awareness efforts include:

  • Vaccination: We make it easier for people to get the cancer-fighting vaccines they need through clinics at MultiCare. We also participate in vaccination events at locations throughout the region, including schools.
  • No-cost screenings: Doctors provide no-cost screenings for oral cancer and skin cancer at community events. 
  • Outreach activities: Experts from the Carol Milgard Breast Center talk to women in the community about the importance of breast cancer screening. We explain what to expect and answer questions to help women have a less stressful experience. Find out more about the Carol Milgard Breast Center
  • At-home screening kits: We are increasing rates of colorectal cancer screening by mailing home screening kits to select patients. Patients provide a stool sample and mail it back to us so we can check for signs of cancer.
  • Hepatitis C treatment: A primary care doctor within the cancer center treats Hepatitis C infection. Untreated hepatitis C can cause liver cancer and certain other types of cancer. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Provider Education

If you become infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), you are less likely to develop cancer if you are up to date on your HPV vaccine. Many people receive this vaccine in early adulthood. If you haven’t, you may be eligible to receive it as late as your mid-forties. We teach doctors and nurses about the importance of the HPV vaccine in the hopes of helping more people get this life-saving shot. 

Cancer Prevention Recommendations

There are steps you can take to prevent or reduce your risk of certain cancers .  Some scientists estimate that up to 40 percent of all cancers are preventable. 

These steps include:

  • Managing genetic risk: Some people are at risk for cancers that are passed down in families, including colon and breast cancer. Our genetics experts work alongside oncology providers to develop a personalized plan for lowering your risk. This plan may include more frequent screening or taking cancer drugs. 
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Quitting tobacco, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Staying up to date with vaccinations: Getting vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B.
  • Reducing exposure to infections that lead to cancer: Being careful about skin-to-skin- and sexual contact can limit your risk for infections such as HPV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  • Treating diseases that increase your cancer risk: Taking medications to treat conditions such as hepatitis C.
  • Limiting sun exposure: Covering your skin or applying sunscreen whenever you are outside.

Contact Us

For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-1677 or complete our appointment request form.