Reducing cancer in our community

By 2025, cancer is projected to be the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Reducing the incidence of cancer in our region is part of the St. Charles Health System vision: Creating America's healthiest community, together.

Two of the Cancer Center’s key strategies toward reducing the impact of cancer in our communities are 1) preventing cancer from developing and 2) diagnosing cancers earlier. We have greatly expanded our prevention and early detection programs.

Prevention programs

Prevention and early detection programs include:

  • Cancer education — educational programs on cancer prevention and screening guidelines (link to screening guidelines) are available for health fairs, businesses, schools and community groups. Contact the cancer center for information and to schedule a presentation.
  • Genetic screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening program — The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is a regional initiative that aims to educate the public, promote the importance of colorectal cancer screening and provide no-charge screenings. Target populations are uninsured and underinsured adults, ages 50 to 75 and those at high risk for developing colon cancer.
  • Skin cancer screening — The St. Charles Cancer Center partners with the Deschutes County Health Department and local dermatologists to provide an annual community skin cancer screening. Watch the St. Charles Health System Facebook page for details.
  • Mammothon — This annual breast cancer screening program challenges employed caregivers to schedule their annual mammogram. Their participation (more than 240 caregivers were screened last year) triggers a donation of no-cost mammograms for uninsured women through health care clinics in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.