February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a time to promote education around preventive measures and lifestyle tips that may reduce the chance of a cancer occurrence.
Although screenings won’t actively prevent cancer, they are an important resource available to patients and a key tool for early detection. Regular screenings may increase the chance of detecting the disease before any symptoms appear and when it is likely most treatable.
Coupled with advancements in treatment and technology, cancer screenings and other preventive measures have played a large role in the steadily declining rate of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
The ACS recommends screening for certain types of cancers for most adults. If you are at high-risk or have a family history of cancer, it’s especially important to take preventive screenings and regular visits with your doctor seriously.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.