Cancer Prevention: The Importance of Screenings
Making healthy lifestyle choices doesn’t end at what you eat and how you stay active. It is also important to keep tabs on your overall health through regular checkups and screenings. Screenings are instrumental in properly diagnosing a variety of medical conditions, including cancer. “Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their healthcare by scheduling screenings and doctor appointments, as necessary. Regular cancer screenings can help detect problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better,” said Roberto Madrid MD, vice president of medical group operations at PIH Health Physicians. Here are some cancer screenings you should put on your list:
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer screenings begin at age 40 and should occur annually. The American College of Radiology states that mammography screenings have assisted in the reduction of deaths due to breast cancer in the United States by 1/3 since 1990. The goal of screening mammography is to detect breast cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable. In fact, cancers that are confined to the breast have survival rates greater than 98 percent. To schedule a mammogram, make an appointment online at PIHHealth.org/Mammogram.
A colonoscopy is a test used to detect any abnormalities and remove polyps that can potentially cause colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the country, however it has a high cure rate—over 95 percent—if detected early. To learn more about colorectal cancer or colonoscopy, visit PIHHealth.org/Colonoscopy.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screenings are of the utmost importance for those who are 55 to 80 years old and have smoked a pack a day for over 30 years, are current smokers or who have quit smoking in the last 15 years. It is also a good idea to get screened if you’ve been exposed long-term to second-hand smoke or environmental pollution. For more information about lung cancer or to schedule a lung cancer screening, visit PIHHealth.org/Lung.
Schedule an Appointment
This is just a small selection of the screenings that can help detect cancer early—there are many more to keep in mind. Visit PIHHealth.org/Screenings to learn about cancer screening services at PIH Health. You can take action now and schedule an appointment with your doctor to see which screenings are most appropriate for you. To find a PIH Health Physician in or near you, visit PIHHealth.org/Find-a-Doctor.