Cancer is a scary word. Unfortunately we all know someone who has been diagnosed with it. When there are symptoms, many people fail to go to the doctor because they are afraid of getting a cancer diagnosis.
Getting screened is the best way to catch cancer early. Advancements in treatment are being made all of the time. Here is some screening advice.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that beginning at 50 both men and women should get screened for colorectal cancer. The screening methods are sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. A camera tube in placed inside the rectum and the doctor is able to see if there are any cancerous tumors or even pre-cancer polyps.
The ACS recommends that men should discuss with their doctors getting a simple blood test called a PSA test. This test can be a early indicator of cancer in the prostate.
African American men or those with a family history should talk with their doctor about getting screened at age 45.
Women should have regular PAP smears beginning at age 21. The HPV test should also be taken as this is known to be one of the main reasons women get cervical cancer.
Early screening can lead to better outcomes. In our law firm we have seen that the failure by doctors to recommend screenings can cause cancer to go from a curable and treatable stage to incurable.
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For more information about cancer screening go to the American Cancer Society website.