Cancer Prevention & Screenings

Helping New Orleans residents manage their health

Cancer is a disease caused by genetic changes to the way cells grow and multiply. Because it originates in the DNA, any changes or damage to a person’s DNA can spur mutations that could lead to cancer. Most often, cancer risks are related to a person’s family medical history. When their genes prevent tumors from growing, they are less likely to develop cancer. The best way to prevent cancer, then, is to avoid any unhealthy behaviors that could lead to cell mutation.

Some activities that have been linked to cancer include:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Radiation
  • Sunlight
  • Poor diet
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Obesity

Ways to prevent cancer

According to Cancer.gov, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. As the high costs of treatment threaten a large financial burden in the future, prevention practices are the best way to avoid any future complications.

Because cancer isn’t a specific disease, preventing it requires long-term planning and lifestyle changes that decrease any changes for DNA damage or changes. Beyond that, factors like age and family history can present a cancer risk as well.

Some ways to prevent cancer could include:

  • Making positive changes to your diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Undergoing cancer screenings on a regular basis
  • Use of medicines to prevent or stabilize precancerous conditions

UMC offers treatments for cancers including:

  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Pancreatic and liver cancer (Hepatobiliary malignancies)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney, bladder, prostate cancer (Genitourinary malignancies)
  • Cervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial cancer
  • Melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer and sarcoma
  • Lymphoma and leukemia
  • Rare tumor types, such as Merkel cell carcinoma and neuroendocrine tumors

Cancer screenings at UMC

By taking the time and care to undergo a cancer screening, you may be able to prevent the spread of cancer before it becomes a more significant health risk. University Medical Center New Orleans helps residents take a positive step against cancer by providing expert help in detecting the disease early on.

Screenings for cancer can be performed by methods like:

  • Mammograms – Breast inspections to detect lumps or other abnormalities in tissue
  • Pap test – Checking the cervix for human papillomavirus (HPV) calls which could lead to cervical cancer
  • Fecal occult blood tests – Inspection of feces for blood

Schedule an appointment

Regular cancer screenings are always a good idea. We look forward to providing our patients with compassionate, comprehensive cancer care. Please contact our Cancer Center Nurse Navigator by dialing 504.702.3311 for information about cancer screening.