What is cancer screening?
Cancer screening allows people who have no symptoms to get checked for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer in order to find changes early—and treat them if necessary.
How does getting screened help reduce my risk of cancer?
Early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers increase the chances for successful treatment. And in the case of cervical and colorectal cancer, cancer can often be prevented altogether. This is because screening tests check for abnormal cells that may lead to cancer. Any abnormal cells can be watched closely and, if needed, treated before they turn into cancer.
9 in 10 cases of cervical cancer can be prevented with regular Pap tests and following up on any abnormal results. Colorectal cancer screening may find the polyps that slowly develop into cancer. Polyps can sometimes be removed to prevent cancer altogether.
What screening should I get?
If you’re not sure what type of screening is right for you or someone you care about, Screening For Life can help. Try the online Screening For Life risk assessment tool.
The variety of cancer screening tests can seem complicated, but you can trust Screening For Life to help clear up any confusion about mammograms, Pap tests and colorectal cancer screening. There are a few colorectal cancer screening tests that are available, including the Fecal Immunochemical (FIT) test. You can also find out how to book a screening test at Screening For Life.