Ridgeview Medical Center sponsors/participates in a number of cancer prevention and detection activities. These include:
Skin cancer screening
Skin cancer screening clinics are scheduled each spring. Adults and children are invited to attend this free screening.
Prostate cancer screening
Prostate cancer screening clinics are scheduled each year at various sites in the Ridgeview service area. Men over the age of 50, or age 40 to 50 with a family history of prostate cancer, are encouraged to take advantage of this free service.
Additional screening resources
For further information, call Carver County Public Health at 952-442-4493 or the Minnesota Department of Health toll-free at 1-888-643-2584 or visit their Web site.
Diagnostic-imaging services are available for all cancers. These may include imaging procedures (e.g., MRI, CT, PET/CT and ultrasound) which produce pictures of areas inside the body and endoscopy, which allows the doctor to look directly inside certain organs; and laboratory tests. In most cases, the doctor also orders a biopsy, a procedure in which a sample of tissue is removed. A pathologist then examines the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer cells. These diagnostic services include:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT) scanning
- Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)
- Ultrasound imaging
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Same-day surgical biopsy
- Comprehensive laboratory services
- Board-certified physician specialists