National Cancer Survivor’s Day — The Importance of Cancer Screenings

  • 12.06.2024

Each year, the first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors day. Early detection of cancer significantly improves survival rates and treatment outcomes for those diagnosed. The most likely way to catch cancer in the early stages is through regular cancer screenings. 

Colorectal Cancer:

Colorectal cancer accounts for a high percentage of cancer deaths, yet is one of the most treatable cancers if caught early. Colorectal cancer often develops without noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Regular screening through colonoscopy or fecal occult blood tests are instrumental in detecting polyps or early-stage cancer. Additionally, healthy lifestyle choices like a high-fiber diet, regular exercise, and limited alcohol consumption can reduce your risk. 

Breast Cancer:

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women. Regular self-exams can help you determine if there are any lumps or changes in breast tissue. Regular mammograms are crucial for detecting breast cancer in the early stages. 

Cervical Cancer: 

Women should receive regular Pap smears to detect cervical cancer. Vaccination against HPV is a preventative measure that can significantly reduce your risk of cervical cancer. 

Lung Cancer:

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Smoking cessation is the primary prevention strategy for lung cancer. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include persistent cough or chest pain. For patients with a history of smoking or other risk factors, a low-dose CT scan can be an effective tool for early detection.

Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer is highly preventable if the skin is protected from the sun. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and seek shade while outside. Regular self-examinations to identify any new moles, unusual skin growth, or changes to existing moles/growths can help you spot irregularities early. 

Talk to your provider about regular screenings and determine what screenings make sense for you. They’ll help you develop a screening plan based on your health history, risk factors, age, and more. Early detection saves lives!