As you’ll hear from cancer survivor Nancy Reno and Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center’s own Natalie Alana Workman, MD, in the video below: The earlier you receive cancer screenings and/or diagnoses, the better your outcome.
The Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center is proud to provide a variety of cancer prevention and screening services to our community, all of which we’ve listed below.
For more information, please call (307) 634-9311.
Free screenings: Colonoscopy, mammogram, pap test
To determine your eligibility for a free colonoscopy, mammogram or pap test, please call (307) 292-1826 or (877) 286-0907, ext. 5. You can also click here with any questions.
Additional information on free screenings (including eligibility requirements and applications) is available at the Wyoming Department of Health’s Wyoming Cancer Program website.
CT lung cancer screening
A CT lung cancer screening detects lung cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. As there are no symptoms of lung cancer in its early stages, more than 85% of the men and women who are diagnosed with lung cancer are at a late stage—after symptoms occur, and when there is very little chance of a cure.
During a CT lung cancer screening at Cheyenne Regional Medical center, we complete a low-dose, non-contrasted computerized tomography (CT) scan. It uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in about 5 to 10 seconds during a single breath hold. The exam takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Who is eligible for a CT lung cancer screening?
You are eligible to receive a CT lung cancer screening if:
You are 50 to 74 years old
You are a current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
You have no history of cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer) within the last five years
How do I know if I should undergo CT lung cancer screening?
You should consider having a CT lung cancer screening if you are currently a heavy smoker (or former heavy smoker who has quit within the last 15 years). We define a “heavy smoker” as someone between 50 and 74 years old who smokes an average of more than one pack per day over 20 years, .
How is the CT lung cancer screening performed?
We perform the screening test with a low-dose spiral (helical) CT scanner. The CT scanner rotates around your body while you lay still on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The CT scan produces detailed images of the inside of your body, using a computer that combines the X-ray images taken from different angles.
The screening CT can be performed with a single, short breath hold and takes less than five to 10 seconds to capture the images. The duration of the entire appointment is only 30 minutes.
Should I be concerned about the radiation exposure and cancer risk from a CT?
Radiation from a screening CT is far less than the dose from a diagnostic CT. The benefit of finding and treating early-stage lung cancer will far outweigh the risks from a low dose of radiation from a CT.