High-Risk/Early Detection Cancer Program
They’re the words no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.”
Ascension Wisconsin is committed to reducing the burden of cancer on you, your family, and our community.
Early detection gives cancer patients the best chance of surviving the disease. Unfortunately, many people who are at greater risk for cancer -- because of factors including genetics, the environment, previous cancers, or social determinants such as poverty -- do not receive screening early or often enough.
Therefore, in March, 2021, Ascension Wisconsin started to create the first high-risk/early detection program in the state -- to prevent cancer through lifestyle modification, detect it when treatment will be most effective, and reduce the burden of cancer on our communities.
We’ll identify and reach underserved patients who would not have access to care otherwise -- targeting those at risk for lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, pancreas, skin, and gynecologic cancers.
We’re acquiring computer equipment to screen patients’ electronic medical records to identify people at high risk, and to offer virtual consultations with caregivers.
We’re adding more patient navigators -- to follow up with people at high risk so they get regular screening, and to help guide patients through treatment.
We’re enhancing our cancer care centers in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and Brookfield to improve the patient experience.
We’re expanding access to clinical trials for all cancer patients -- reaching underserved people.
And we’re establishing a robust cancer survivorship program. Read more about our successful navigation program and Betty's story of healing.
Thanks to you, Ascension Wisconsin cancer care is the best available -- healing the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Your gift goes right to work to reduce the burden of cancer on your community.