Prevention & Early Detection of Cancer

One of the greatest tools we have in fighting cancer is understanding your risks and taking steps to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The Hollings Cancer Center has a variety of educational events and screening programs designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to understand and minimize your risk.

Lowering your Risk

Although many factors may increase your risk for developing cancer, you can reduce your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices:

  • Eat a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting saturated fats.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stop smoking and using other tobacco products.
  • Become more physically active.
  • Protect yourself from the sun’s rays, particularly between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Follow recommended vaccinations.
  • See your doctor regularly.

Tools & Services

Hollings Mobile Health Unit

The Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Health Unit has supported our community with cancer screenings, preventive health education, and wellness counseling since 1998. The unit works to reach adults living in target areas of South Carolina who have difficulties accessing health care and who are at risk of developing cancer. 

Current screening services include:

  • Breast health: mammograms.
  • Skin cancer: visual inspection of skin for suspicious moles or lesions.
  • Cervical health: Pap test, pelvic exam.

Anyone interested in the Mobile Health Unit screening services should call the Hollings Cancer Center outreach program at 843-792-0878 or email Outreach Services.

Community & Awareness Events

  • Shine a Light on Lung Cancer | November 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Join us in the Carolyn E. Reed Pavilion at the Hollings Cancer Center to learn about the latest advancements for lung cancer. Support and honor patients and survivors while connecting with the community through inspiring stories. Please RSVP at HCCevents@musc.edu.

  • Talbot Pancreatic Cancer Event | November 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Join us as we honor our loved ones and learn about the latest in research and treatment for pancreatic cancer. The reception will be held in the Carolyn E. Reed Pavilion at the Hollings Cancer Center. Please RSVP at HCCevents@musc.edu.

  • Community Compass | November 12, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    The Community Compass Project is a grassroots movement dedicated to increasing opportunities for individuals to consume a nutritionally balanced diet, engage in physical activities and support a smoke-free environment.

    This year's event will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Baruch Auditorium and the Hollings Cancer Center. Learn about building a healthy community and engage with our expert panelists, enjoy theater and music while dining on old favorites, followed by a tour of the HCC facilities.

    Please register at communitycompass.info or call 843-792-0878.

  • Linda Floyd Forum on Women's Cancers | May 3, 2017
    The Linda Floyd Forum on Women’s Cancers was established as an annual event focused on empowering and informing women with the latest information in screening, prevention and treatment methods. Each year, attendees are offered a special occasion to share, learn and engage with experts from the Hollings Cancer Center. This years event will be held at Founders Hall.

  • Cervivor School
    Cervivor School, in conjunction with Cervivor, is an opportunity to connect with other survivors & advocates of cervical cancer while working together to change the future of women’s health.

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