Whidbey General Hospital

Prevention & Early Detection

It's better to prevent cancer than to treat it, and if cancer does develop, it's important to detect it early. At Whidbey General, we're committed to supporting prevention and early detection efforts in our community.

Renee Yanke, Medical Ambulatory Care manager "On the Road to Wellness: Services to Prevent Cancer" by Renee Yanke, ARNP, MN, AOCN, Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse, Cancer Program Manager at Whidbey General

Breast cancer and colon cancer are frequently treated at Whidbey General. The state-funded Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) screens qualified women for breast and cervical cancer, and both men and women for colon cancer — cancers that are curable if found early. Learn more.


Everyone is encouraged to have a screening colonoscopy at age 50 and, based on results, regularly thereafter. A colonoscopy is an essential means of early detection for colorectal cancer, which may lead to a greater chance of surviving this form of cancer. Learn more.


It is estimated that half of all men and a third of all women will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Learn some ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.


The American Cancer Society website features "Stay Healthy," which includes videos and other important information on cancer prevention, screening and early detection. Sections include:


Whidbey General staff and supporters raised nearly $3,200 at the 2012 Relay for Life, an annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Whidbey General has sent a team to the Relay for more than 20 years. In addition to fundraising, we host an information booth where you can learn about early detection and prevention of common cancers.

Join us at the 2013 Whidbey Island Relay for Life in Oak Harbor!

Relay for Life


Outstanding Quality


Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— That includes the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Care Program.

Dear 16 yr. Old Me

Dear 16-year-old me

This brief video describes the dangers of melanoma and tells how to protect yourself from this aggressive form of cancer. Watch video.