The importance of regular cancer screenings


By Ivy Potter - ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com



While the month of October is specifically Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign, the importance of all types of cancer screenings are being promoted by various organizations this month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) getting screening tests regularly may increase the changes of detecting breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best, with lung cancer screening being recommended for those at high risk.

The CDC supports mammograms for early breast cancer detection, and a pap test, which can find abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. Colorectal cancer, which usually develops from precancerous polyps, or abnormal growths, in the colon or rectum can be detected during screening tests early on when the growths can be removed before developing into cancer. The CDC agrees with the U.S Preventative Services Task Force, which recommends yearly lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for people who have a history of heavy smoking, and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years, and are between 55 and 80 years old.

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By Ivy Potter

ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com