Cancer Screening Programs

Our cancer screening programs at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center aim to find cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most curable, and identify those who are at high risk for the disease. 

We offer several cancer screenings throughout the year. Our programs include:

Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Screening

The Lynne Cohen Foundation and Caring Together Project for Women with Increased Risk for Cancer provide breast cancer and ovarian cancer screening and prevention services for all women. 

Breast Cancer Risk and Screening

You are considered to be at an increased risk for breast cancer if you have:

  • a family history of breast cancer in a first-degree relative or more than one relative 
  • a family history of ovarian cancer 
  • a family history of any male with breast cancer 
  • a known gene mutation (BRCA) carrier in the family
  • high-risk ancestry, such as Ashkenazi Jewish
  • relative hormonal risk factors, such as using hormone replacement therapy
  • onset of menses before age 12
  • menopause after age 55
  • no full-term pregnancies
  • no history of breastfeeding
  • history of radiation exposure, including treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, or acne in childhood
  • a family history of cancers of any kind that is greater than that found in the average population
  • a high-risk lesion at breast biopsy such as atypical ductal or lobular hyperplasia, a history of multiple breast biopsies, or dense breasts

During a breast cancer screening, women receive:

  • a thorough physical examination and review of medical history by a medical oncologist
  • routine and advanced screening examinations
  • educational materials about risk reduction, genetic testing, preventive measures, and lifestyle choices
  • information about clinical trials as appropriate
  • consultations with radiologists, surgical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, psychiatrists, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers, and nurse practitioners as appropriate

For women who are found to be at high risk for breast cancer, we offer risk management information including:

  • diet and lifestyle modifications
  • psychological counseling
  • preventive medical therapies such as Tamoxifen or access to clinical trial protocols as appropriate
  • risk-reducing surgery such as removal of ovaries and prophylactic mastectomies with reconstruction
  • surveillance that may consist of clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs as warranted
  • surveillance for associated cancer risk, including ovarian, colon, uterine, pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers, thyroid cancer, and melanoma

Ovarian Cancer Risk and Screening

Our ovarian cancer screenings are for women considered high risk because they meet the following criteria:

  • have a personal or family history of ovarian cancer
  • have genetic mutations that predispose them to ovarian cancer
  • have used fertility drugs for more than one year

During screening, each woman receives: 

  • a thorough physical examination and review of medical history by a medical oncologist
  • routine and advanced screening examinations
  • educational materials for risk reduction, genetic testing, preventive measures, and lifestyle choices
  • access to clinical trials, from studies that profile cells to those that track the effects of lifestyle modifications and chemoprevention regimens
  • consultations with radiologists, surgical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, psychiatrists, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners

To schedule an appointment for a breast or ovarian cancer screening, please call 212-731-5452.

Lung Cancer Screening

NYU Langone offers lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease. This includes: 

  • current and former smokers 
  • people exposed to radon, asbestos, or second-hand smoke 
  • those with lung scarring from pneumonia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • people with a first-degree relative who had lung cancer

Learn more about our lung cancer screening program.

Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention

Cancers of the colon and rectum, sometimes called colorectal cancer or just colon cancer, are very common types of cancer. At NYU Langone, we’re working to help prevent colon cancer and to detect it at its earliest stages. 

Learn more about our colon cancer screening and prevention program.

Genetic Counseling and Screening

Genetic counseling services at Perlmutter Cancer Center are available to patients with a personal and family history of cancer who are under the care of one of our physicians. Our genetic counselors obtain a comprehensive medical and family history, assess hereditary risk factors, discuss options for genetic testing, and if applicable, facilitate genetic testing. 

Please anticipate approximately 90 minutes for an initial consultation with our genetic counselors. Insurance coverage for genetic testing is discussed prior to testing. 

Genetic counselors are conveniently located at 221 Lexington Avenue at the Laura Perlmutter Center for Women’s Imaging and at 240 East 38th Street at the NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center

Additional genetic counseling and clinical genetics services are also available at 145 East 32nd Street through NYU Langone’s Clinical Genetic Services. If you are interested in a genetic evaluation, please discuss this with your doctor.

Annual Skin Cancer Screening

The Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center Community Outreach and Education Program, in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology, is pleased to offer free skin cancer screenings each May. 

All are welcome, especially those who are at high risk for skin cancer. That includes those who have a mole that has changed in appearance, a previous history of melanoma, or are over age 50, especially men. 

Screening saves lives. During our 2014 event, of the 241 patients seen, 12 had a finding of suspicion of basal cell carcinoma, 11 with suspicion of squamous cell carcinoma, and 3 with suspicion of melanoma.

For more information, please visit our events calendar or email cancerevents@nyumc.org. This skin cancer screening is cosponsored by The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology.

Annual Head and Neck Cancer Screening

The Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center Community Outreach and Education Program is pleased to offer free head, neck, and throat cancer screenings each April.

Studies show that oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is linked to head and neck cancer and its incidence is on the rise. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing paan (a form of chewing tobacco) are well-known risk factors for head and neck cancer. 

A visual inspection of the head, neck, and throat takes place during this screening. Anyone over age 18 is welcome to attend. The event is cosponsored by the Division of Head and Neck Surgery/Department of Otolaryngology.