Cancer Screening Program, Atlanta

Cancer screening tests are critical tools to help catch cancer early, before it’s had a chance to grow or spread. At City of Hope Atlanta, our core mission includes making screening and diagnostic tools available to as many patients as possible. That’s why we’ve developed our Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program for patients at high risk for cancer and those who fit recognized cancer screening guidelines.

Why get screened at City of Hope?

At City of Hope Atlanta, our specialists and other cancer experts are singularly focused on detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer. We use a wide range of tests and tools to screen for breast and colorectal cancers.

Should screening results indicate the need for a follow-up visit, our board-certified oncologists and other clinicians are trained to determine whether cancer has developed and, if so, to offer treatment options tailored to you and your individual needs and diagnosis.

The Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program at City of Hope Atlanta offers:

Quick appointments, typically scheduled within one week of a request

Rapid test results, made promptly available to you and your doctor

Currently, the Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program at City of Hope Atlanta offers services for the following two common cancers.

Get started with the Risk Management Tool

City of Hope has developed the Risk Management Tool (RMT) to help you determine whether you’re at an elevated risk of developing cancer. It usually takes less than five minutes to answer a few basic questions about yourself, your family history and your lifestyle. Once you complete your answers, the RMT checks your risk for the most common cancers and offers you an action plan to help you manage your risk and determine whether further tests or other interventions may be needed.

Click here to use the Risk Management Tool.

Breast cancer

✓ Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.

✓ The five-year survival rate is 90 percent for localized breast cancer and 28 percent for metastatic cancer*.

For those who qualify, City of Hope Atlanta provides breast cancer screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D mammography. This advanced imaging technology is designed to capture multiple mammogram images, which are stitched together to create a 3D-like view of the breast.

Who should get screened?

The American College of Radiology and the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers recommend these screening guidelines for women with average risk:

  • Annual screening beginning at age 40
  • Mammogram every one to two years for women between 55 to 75
  • Continued, routine mammograms for women older than 75, depending on overall health, including a life expectancy of 10 years or more

Additional screening may be recommended for women with high risk, including those who have:

  • BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
  • Family history of breast cancer or close relatives who were diagnosed with cancer at a young age
  • Been diagnosed with a hereditary cancer syndrome, such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or who have a close relative with one of these syndromes
  • Completed radiation therapy to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30

Call us at 770-400-6677 or chat online to get more information or to schedule an appointment.

Skin cancer

✓ Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.

✓ Melanoma of the skin is the fifth-most common cancer in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer.

City of Hope Atlanta partners with local dermatologists to screen patients for skin cancer and perform biopsies and Mohs surgery to remove cancerous moles and lesions, if necessary.  

Who should get screened

The Skin Cancer Foundation and the National Cancer Institute encourage everyone to conduct self-exams to look for suspicious or irregular lumps or spots on the skin and to schedule regular visits to a dermatologist. People at high risk for skin cancer include those who have:

  • A family history of skin cancer or melanoma
  • A large number of moles
  • Pale skin that burns or freckles easily (though people with all skin types can develop skin cancer)
  • A history of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, such as working outdoors, having frequent sunburns or using tanning beds

For more information, call us at 770-400-6677 or chat online with a member of our team.