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Cancer Programs and Screenings

Community Health Promotions coordinate annual cancer screenings during the awareness month of the specified cancer. Below you will find the month and what screen is offered annually during that month. You can register online for certain screenings or by contacting the Community Health Promotion Coordinator at 229.333.1074.

At all of our screenings, the American Cancer Society provides free education material and visual aids.

JANUARY

Cervical Cancer Screening

Free pap smears are performed by nurse practitioners to test for cervical cancer. Registration is required.

FEBRUARY

Oral Cancer Screening

The Pearlman Cancer Center, local dentistsoral surgeons and otolaryngologists come together to offer free oral cancer screenings to promote oral cancer awareness. Registration is required.

MARCH

Colon Cancer Screening

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. SGMC offers FREE Stool-Blood test kits year round. Easy to use in the privacy of your own home, this test is designed to detect blood in the stool which can be caused by bleeding ulcers, hemorrhoids, polyps or cancer in the colon. Please call 229.333.1074 to request your kit. It will come to you in the mail with detailed instructions.

MAY

Skin Cancer Screenings

A dermatologist performs free skin screenings at the Pearlman Cancer Center to look for possible problem areas. Registration is required. Online registration available.

SEPTEMBER

Prostate Cancer Screening

Free digital rectal exams and PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood tests are offered to men by SGMC affiliated urologists. Men must meet criteria set by the American Cancer Society. Online registration available.

OCTOBER

Clinical Breast Screening

Free clinical breast screenings are offered in October by registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Participants are educated on proper breast self-exams.  For women who meet qualifications for the Breast Test and More Program through the South Health District, a free mammogram will be scheduled. Registration is required. 

NOVEMBER

Great American Smoke Out

This is an annual event held on the third Thursday of November encouraging Americans to stop smoking. SGMC’s Pulmonology Services teams up with the American Cancer Society and South Health District to offer free pulmonary function tests, blood pressure checks, educational information and a chance to win prizes. Registration is not required.

All of our screenings are held annually. For more information please contact Community Health Promotions Coordinator at 229.333.1074 or visit our Classes and Events and click on the event to register. Some events are not eligible for online registration.