Early Detection

Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. There are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening.
Recognizing possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action leads to early diagnosis. Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer, among physicians, nurses and other health care providers as well as among the general public, can have a great impact on the disease. Some early signs of cancer include lumps, sores that fail to heal, abnormal bleeding, persistent indigestion and chronic hoarseness. Early diagnosis is particularly relevant for cancers of the breast, cervix, mouth, larynx, colon and rectum, and skin.

Women are screened (according to international guidelines) for:

Breast cancer

Cervical cancer

Colo-rectal (colon) cancer

Skin cancer

Men are screened (according to international guidelines) for:

Colo-rectal (colon) cancer

Prostate cancer

Testicular cancer

Skin cancer

How often should I take these tests?

The exams you get and how often you are tested depends on whether you are at average, increased or high risk for cancer. It’s important to know if any of your family members have ever had cancer and if so, what type. This information, along with your personal health history, helps determine how at risk you are of developing certain types of cancer.