If you’re like most people, you’re taking precautions to safeguard your health during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are ways to stay safe and still make sure you stay up to date on important preventive care such as cancer screenings. It’s critically important that you don’t delay completing these screening tests so that changes in your health do not go undetected.
Below are several important screenings that you may need to take action on soon. Call your doctor with any questions or concerns you may have. Physician practices and other medical facilities are taking extra precautions to keep you safe during your appointment. Learn more about these safeguards before your appointment.
Don't wait to complete these important screenings
Breast cancer screening
- Why it’s important — Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. The risk of breast cancer increases with age so screening is especially important for women over 40. Or if you have a higher risk, such as having a family history of breast cancer in multiple relatives or at a young age, your doctor may recommend a screening.
Cervical cancer screening
- Why it’s important — If you’re between the ages of 21 and 65 years, it is important to get a Pap test or Pap smear to check for changes in the cells of your cervix that could turn into cancer over time. Cervical cancer often does not show symptoms in the beginning so early detection can save lives.
Colorectal cancer screening
- Why it’s important — Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women over age 50. What may begin as a growth, called a polyp, can turn into cancer over time but not all do. It is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers if it is found in early stages. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age, so screening is especially important for patients 50 and older.
If you are due for one of these screenings or other preventive medical care, contact your primary care physician today to schedule an appointment.