According to the American Medical Association, about 60% of cancer related deaths could have been prevented with early intervention. Early intervention is only possible with a cancer prevention strategy that includes routine cancer screening, as well as a healthy lifestyle.
The American Cancer Society has established recommended guidelines for men and women, at certain ages in order to accurately detect and treat cancer in its earliest stages. These recommendations have been the result of long term studies and an expert worldwide consensus. These screening recommendations are offered to men and women, in the absence of any cancer symptoms. If there is a family history of the disease, the physician will adjust these recommendations based on the severity and risk the patient has to the disease. Cancer screening is so effective that most major health insurance companies will cover the cost of these routine screenings to encourage patients to take an active role in preventing cancer. In some cases, patients are offered a discount or other incentive to participate in cancer screening.
Many patients are unsure of when to begin screening or if they have any genetic factors that may warrant early detection for cancer. The good news is that your family physician is well versed on cancer screening. To get started, simply call your physician to make an appointment. Once you begin a cancer screening program, your doctor will explain the strategy and frequency of the screening. The tests are simple, painless, and most of all, your best defense against cancer.