Screening, Diagnostics & Genetics
Get the most effective treatments for your specific condition when you start with an early, accurate diagnosis at Cone Health Cancer Center. Rely on us to provide information and support as we work together to identify your cancer and determine the best care plan for you.
Cancer Screenings at Cone Health
Detect cancer in its earliest stages—before symptoms appear—with routine screenings. Ask your doctor which tests are recommended for you. Then, take advantage of high-quality screening services at Cone Health, such as:
Free & Low-Cost Cancer Screenings
If you don’t have insurance or can’t afford to visit your primary care physician for screening tests, view our listing of upcoming free cancer screenings.
Or, find out if your age, income and insurance situation qualify you for a free or low-cost screening mammogram or Pap test through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.
Advanced Diagnostic Services
You and your doctor have access to a wide range of advanced diagnostic tools to identify the type, location and extent of your cancer, including:
- Biopsy – Removes cells from your body so they can be examined under a microscope
- Blood tests – Look for evidence that may indicate cancer
- Diagnostic imaging services – Reveal where cancer is located inside the body
- Endoscopy – Uses a thin, hollow tube or a small, swallowable capsule to look inside your body to locate cancer
When you choose Cone Health, you’ll appreciate the knowledgeable guidance of a nurse navigator who coordinates your care and makes sure you understand what to expect at each appointment.
Cancer Genetics Counseling & Testing
If you have a family history of cancer, a genetic counselor at Cone Health Cancer Center can help you decide whether to take a genetic test that could reveal whether you inherited an altered gene that increases the risk of developing cancer.
You’ll review your family medical history as well as discuss the benefits, drawbacks and limitations of genetic testing. If you choose to take a genetic test, you’ll return for a follow-up appointment to learn your results and discuss any recommended preventive care or screenings.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, knowing whether you carry an altered gene may help your doctor better target your treatments.