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Screenings for Women

Premier Health offers a wide variety of cancer screening procedures. Learn about recommended screenings for women below.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Breast cancer is a very common cancer that a woman may face in her lifetime—second only to skin cancer. It can occur at any age, but is much more likely to occur after age 40. Because of certain factors, some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than others. The best defense is to find breast cancer as early as possible, when it is easier to treat. Some women—because of their family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors—should have MRI screens in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history, and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.

Learn more about breast cancer screenings.
High Risk Breast Cancer Center

Cervical Cancer Screenings

Cervical cancer can affect any woman who is, or has been, sexually active. It is more likely to occur in women who have, or have had, the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is transmitted sexually. Cervical cancer is also more likely to occur in women who smoke, have HIV or AIDS, have poor nutrition and who do not have regular Pap tests.

A Pap test can find changes in the cervix that can be treated before they become cancerous. The Pap test is also effective in finding cervical cancer early, when it is highly curable.

Endometrial Cancer Screenings

Endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) occurs most often in women age 50 and older. Factors that increase a woman’s risk for endometrial cancer include:

Taking estrogen without progesterone

  • Taking Tamoxifen or other pharmaceuticals to lower the risk of breast cancer 
  • Having an early onset of menstrual periods, late menopause, a history of infertility or not having children 
  • Personal or family history of hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or polycystic ovary disease
  • Obesity

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women, at the time of menopause, be told about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer. 

Signs and symptoms, such as unusual spotting or bleeding not related to menstrual periods, should be reported to a doctor. Although the Pap test is effective at finding cancer of the cervix, it is not a test for endometrial cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Screenings

Ovarian cancer is more likely to occur as women get older. Other risk factors for ovarian cancer include: 

  • Never having had children
  • Have had unexplained infertility
  • Had their first child after age 30 
  • Taken estrogen alone as hormone replacement therapy 
  • Personal or family history of hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer, ovarian cancer or breast cancer 

It’s important to note that women who do not have any of these conditions can still have ovarian cancer. For years, ovarian cancer was known as the "silent" cancer because it rarely produced any symptoms and many women didn't find out they had it until the cancer was advanced.

There are not screens like mammograms or Pap tests for the ovaries. Some tests are available, but aren’t recommended for women at average risk. Physicians may use these tests for women who are at high risk or who have symptoms that may suggest ovarian cancer. However, these tests are problematic and their use is limited. For more information about ovarian cancer screenings and how to schedule one, talk with your physician.

Content Updated: September 18, 2018

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Cancer Care Services.
Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Cancer Care at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Cancer Care at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Cancer Care at Miami Valley Hospital South
2300 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Gynocologic Oncology Center at Miami Valley Hospital South
2300 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 260 Centerville, OH  45459
High Risk Breast Cancer Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
High Risk Breast Cancer Center at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
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