“Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best”.1

Umbrella

What may the Cancer Screening Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Breast Screening
  • Cancer Early Detection
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Cervical Screening
  • Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Screening

Definition

What is cancer screening?

DotS the definition of cancer screening may vary. The (United States) National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) definition is:

  • “Cancer screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms”.2

Early Detection

Why is regular cancer screening important?

The (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain:

“Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk”.3

Cancer Australia note:

“Finding cancer at an early stage increases the chances of successful treatment and improved survival”.4

Types

What are three types of cancer screening?

These may be:

  • Bowel/Colon/Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Breast Cancer Screening/Breast Screening
  • Cervical Cancer Screening/Cervical Screening

Ovarian, Prostate and Skin Cancers

Why is there no screening for ovarian, prostate and skin cancers?

In Screening Tests: Screening for Other Kinds of Cancer the CDC elaborate on:

“Screening for ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, testicular, and thyroid cancers has not been shown to reduce deaths from those cancers”.5

Screening Programs

Cancer Screening Where may women find information about cancer screening or early detection programs?

Women may find information about cancer screening or early detection programs from their health care provider or their country’s equivalent of a local community health center or a national and/or state Department/Center/Institute of Aging/Cancer/Disease Control and Prevention/Health/Human Services.

Or your country may have a program similar to the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program. In National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP): Find A Screening Provider Near You the CDC elaborate on:

“CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States”.6

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to be screened for cancer?

If you would like to be screened for cancer, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about the screening tests you would like.

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics related to Cancer Screening?

In Health Topics A-Z you may find:

Links

Where may I find Links related to Cancer Screening?

Your Country may have Links similar to:

Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Cancer Prevention and Control: Screening Tests. Page Last Reviewed: 29 July 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm Accessed: 14 August 2020
  2. Cancer Screening Overview (PDQ)–Patient Version: What Is Cancer Screening? Key Facts. Updated: 03 June 2020. National Cancer Institute https://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/overview/patient Accessed: 14 August 2020
  3. Cancer Prevention and Control: Screening Tests. Page Last Reviewed: 29 July 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm Accessed: 14 August 2020
  4. Screening. Cancer Australia https://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/screening Accessed: 14 August 2020
  5. Cancer Prevention and Control: Screening Tests – Screening for Lung, Ovarian, Prostate, and Skin Cancers. Page Last Reviewed: 29 July 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm Accessed: 14 August 2020
  6. National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP): Find A Screening Provider Near You. Page Last Reviewed: 16 December 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm Accessed: 14 August 2020

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