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Early Detection and Prevention
Although many cancer diagnoses are associated with unavoidable genetic, ethnic and gender-oriented risk factors, St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care is committed to providing the public free prevention and screening programs. Prevention and early detection are two of the most important and effective strategies for reaching the goals of saving lives lost from cancer, diminishing suffering due to cancer and eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

St. Luke's is the proud recipient of a $50,000 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation to save lives through early detection. With the grant, St. Luke's will be able to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds free-of-charge for underserved women throughout the coming year.

The Center for Cancer Care held an annual men's health fair providing both prostate cancer and skin cancer information and screenings. St. Luke's also participated in the American Academy of Dermatology free skin cancer screening. Five Dermatologists, two Registered Nurses and one volunteer ran the screening. There were a total of 90 patients screened and detected more than 65 suspicious lesions, including 4 basal cell carcinomas and 1 squamous cell carcinoma.

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