Prevention Screening

Not just a great place for Treatment—
Fox Chase Cancer Center offers a Full Range of Traditional and Advanced Screening Options

Fox Chase Cancer Center's reputation for quality cancer treatment also includes an outstanding program for prevention and screening examinations.

Cancer prevention and early detection begins with knowing your cancer risk; then, doing something about it. Regular screening may help detect cancer at its earliest stages when the chance of a cure is highest.

Preventive care such as screening tests and physical examinations may or may not be covered by an individual's health insurance. A referral from your physician may be required for insurance purposes. This should not be a barrier to making that initial call.

Colon Screening

Request an appointment or get more information at 888-FOX-CHASE.
For Open End Endoscopy, referring physicians call 215-214-1421.

For people at age 50 or older, screening to prevent colon cancer should be part of their routine healthcare. For people with higher risks for colon cancer, such as having a family history of colon cancer or personal history of certain types of cancer, screening may start at an earlier age.

At Fox Chase, our gastroenterologists are very experienced at performing high-quality colonoscopy. We not only perform routine screening procedures on our patients, but also serve as a second-opinion center for difficult colonoscopies referred by other facilities. Read more »

Open End Endoscopy

For Screening Only

For more information about Gastroenterology Services at Fox Chase or to schedule an appointment for Open Access Endoscopy, call 215-214-1421.

In addition, Fox Chase offers Open Access Endoscopy services for referring physicians to expedite scheduling routine screening procedures.
Call 215-214-1421.


Digital Mammograms are quicker, higher quality, and optimized for best resolution

To schedule a mammogram appointment,
call 215-728-2646
or 215-728-2631.

While many people in the area are familiar with Fox Chase Cancer Center's Mammography Van, it's important to remember that full mammography services are always available at the Center.

Lung Screening

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A recent National Study of Lung Cancer from the National Institute of Health found that screening for lung cancer using low-dose chest CT scan can lower the chances of dying from lung cancer by 20%.

The study was with smokers or past smokers ages 55 to 74 who smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years (30 pack/years). About 200 out of 1,000 people screened during a three-year period had abnormal (not normal) CT scans. After more studies, lung cancer was found in about 30 of those 300 people.

This means about 270 out of 1,000 screened people (270/1000) had false positive findings. In other words, something abnormal was found that needed follow-up, but was not cancer. For some of these people, that may have led to tests or treatments that weren't needed and had certain risks.

The whole study called for at least three CT scans at certain time points. This is because a single CT scan is not enough to diagnose lung cancer. The goal of this program is to help find lung caners early when they may be more treatable.
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Prostate Screening

A Special Program for Men at Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

Fox Chase offers education, risk assessment, screening and an opportunity to participate in innovative prostate cancer research to men who are at an increased risk of the disease because of their family history or their race. Read More >>

Request an appointment or get more information at 888-FOX-CHASE.
Some prostate cancers may be found because of symptoms, such as slowing or weakening of the urinary stream or the need to urinate more often. These symptoms can also be caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate. Most early prostate cancers cause no symptoms and are found early by screening tests. Fox Chase uses the most advanced screening tools to diagnose prostate cancer as accurately as possible.
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Skin Cancer Screening

Fox Chase provides skin cancer screening at 8 Huntingdon Pike.

Request an appointment or get more information at 888-FOX-CHASE.

Dermatologists recommend that every year on your birthday you take a good look at your birthday suit. If you notice anything on your skin that is changing, growing, or bleeding, see a dermatologist.

Regular check-ups are important. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

avoid skin cancer

Nonmelanoma skin cancers tend to grow slowly and rarely spread.

Of the 3 different types of skin cancer, melanoma is the least common but more aggressive than basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. It can occur anywhere on the body. And it can be deadly, but melanoma is curable if detected early.

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Barrett's Esophagus

You or your physician can call 888-FOX-CHASE to schedule an endoscopic examination.
Barrett's esophagus is a precancerous condition that arises in the lining of the esophagus. Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD are at increased risk for the development of Barrett's and the most common cancer of the esophagus called adenocarcinoma. Read more »


Risk Assessment at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Cancer prevention and early detection begins with knowing your cancer risk; then, doing something about it.

At Fox Chase Cancer Center, cancer prevention is a top priority. Cancer screening and cancer prevention research is a key part of providing comprehensive cancer care.

Fox Chase offers cancer risk assessment for healthy people at increased risk of certain types of cancers due to personal or family history.

Contact us today at 1-877-627-9684
or Read more »

Diagnostic Imaging

Virtual Colonoscopy
CT image of a healthy colon

When conditions make a standard colonoscopy risky, Fox Chase Diagnostic Imaging can step in with CT Colonography, a new way to examine the colon without requiring an anesthetic.

Diagnostic imaging services include fluoroscopy, CT, chest, nuclear medicine, PET/CT, MRI, ultrasound, colonoscopy, mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy.

Review and consultation services are available at Fox Chase for films submitted by outside physicians.

Our MRI facility is capable of performing high-quality clinical studies in all areas as well as research applications. Services also include magnetic resonance angiography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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Resources and Education for Patients and their families

The Resource and Education Center

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Get the Facts on Skin Cancer
  • Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer among American men and the sixth most common among American women.
  • More than 53,000 cases a year are diagnosed in this country.
  • Half the cases occur after age 50, but people as young as 20 are also at risk.
  • Melanoma is now one of the most common cancers affecting Americans younger than 30.
  • Among women between 25 and 29 years old, melanoma is more common than any non-skin cancer.
  • Melanoma kills nearly 8,000 Americans a year.
  • An estimated 80 percent of sun damage occurs before age 18, which can set the stage for skin cancer later. (Protecting children from sun is very important!)