Screening for Life Services

Early detection of cancer is a key component of prevention and advanced medical care. Screening for Life provides a variety of cancer screening examinations.

Screening for Life Program

The Screening for Life (SFL) Program is a part of Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital that is responsible for the management of Centers for Disease Control funds for breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening. Our main objective is to reduce the incidence of breast and cervical cancers for women, and colon cancers for men and women of the North Slope by providing access to life-saving, early detection screening services like pap smears, mammograms, and colonoscopies.

Cervical Cancer Screening

It is important for women age 21 and older to have regular pelvic exams and pap smears for the early detection of cervical cancer. Please call to schedule an appointment at 907 852 9119/9120.

Breast Cancer Detection and Prevention

Women age 40 and older should have a complete annual breast exam and mammogram for the early detection of breast cancer. Please call for an appointment at 907 852 9119/9120.

Colon Cancer Screening

Due to the high incidence of colorectal cancer in Alaska, men and women age 50 and older (40 years old for Alaska Native people, especially those who have a family member who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer) needs to have colon cancer screening. It is highly recommended by medical experts to have a colonoscopy. The reason being is colon cancer does not present any symptoms until it is too late for treatment. A person could feel healthy not knowing they have the cancer cells growing in their colon that may not be treatable anymore. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in Alaska.

The SFL Colonoscopy Clinic is scheduled 3 to 4 times a year at the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital.

Contact Us

SSMH Main Line: 907 852 4611

SFL Direct Line(s): 907 852 9119/9120

SFL Fax Number: 907 852 5882


8:30am - 12 noon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

Closed on weekends and holidays