Screening and Prevention

Early detection really does save lives, and we encourage you to talk to your doctor about your risks and cancer screening schedule. 

While there is no way to completely avoid some cancers, you can reduce your risk by:

  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Protecting yourself from the sun
  • Getting immunized
  • Avoiding risky behaviors
  • Following a screening schedule, including self-exams

Mammography beginning at age 40 offers the best chance of detecting an early breast cancer. However, you should discuss your individual risk with your physician to decide what timing is right for you.

Learn more about mammography and schedule your appointment online.

Here are a few screenings in which Sentara provides expert care:

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