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Cancer Screenings and Community Health

October 22, 2020                       Media Contact: Pam Klosowski

Cancer Screenings and Community Health

POTSDAM, NY – Research shows that the number of people who have had their annual health screenings this year is down significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, these missed screenings could lead to delays in discovering cancer and a higher rate of death. The team at St. Lawrence Health System’s (SLHS) Center for Cancer Care wants our community to know that together, we can reduce the impact by being proactive about cancer screening while following COVID-19 precautions.

SLHS’s Center for Cancer Care Medical Director and Medical Oncologist Deepjot Singh, MD, is encouraging local residents to ask their primary care providers about cancer screening.

“Our health system offers screening exams for different types of cancer, including mammograms for breast cancer, low-dose CT scans for lung cancer, colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, prostate exams, and skin cancer exams.” Dr. Singh said. “Delaying recommended cancer screenings may result in missed early-stage cancers that aren’t caught until they’re already more advanced, and potentially more difficult to treat.”

 “We don’t want anyone’s diagnosis to go undetected,” noted Center for Cancer Care Director of Oncology Ben Hull. “Time is everything when you’re treating cancer, and preventative screenings give us more time.”

He noted the Center for Cancer Care staff work hand-in-hand with their colleagues in the Imaging Department, and SLHS provides state-of-the-art resources and highly skilled technologists to conduct the testing.

Between Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, Massena Hospital, and the E.J. Noble Professional Building in Canton, SLHS has the best-equipped Imaging and cancer treatment centers in the North Country. Specialized equipment includes 128-slice CT scanners featuring the newest low-dose technology available for minimizing exposure to radiation, and both 1.5 and 3 Tesla open bore high field MRIs. In addition, 3D mammography is available at all four locations. 

St. Lawrence Health System has multiple sites where high-technology screening services are available so patients can schedule their procedure where it is most convenient for them.

  • ABVS (automated breast volume scanner) Ultrasound
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital; E.J. Noble Professional Building, Canton
  • CT Scan
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, Massena Hospital
  • Mammography or Mammogram
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital; E.J. Noble Professional Building, Canton; Gouverneur Hospital, Massena Hospital
  • MRI
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital; E.J. Noble Professional Building, Canton; Gouverneur Hospital; Massena Hospital
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Massena Hospital
  • PET/CT Scan
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Ultrasound Imaging
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital; E.J. Noble Professional Building, Canton; Gouverneur Hospital; Massena Hospital
  • X-Rays
    • Canton-Potsdam Hospital; Helen Snell Cheel Medical Building, Potsdam; E.J. Noble Professional Building, Canton; Gouverneur Hospital; Massena Hospital

Review complete details and definitions about each procedure, and learn about early detection guidelines.