Cancer screening exams are medical tests done when a person is healthy, and don’t have any signs of illness. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for curing the disease is high.
Screening tests for colorectal and cervical cancer also find abnormal cells that may turn into cancer. Removing these cells can prevent cancer altogether.
MGCH & RI has specific screening plans for men and women, based on their chances of getting cancer. These tests predict whether a person is at average, increased or high risk for cancer. People at increased risk have a higher chance of getting cancer than men and women at average risk. Men and women at high risk for cancer have a higher chance of getting the disease than those at increased risk.
It’s important to know the family history and check if any person in the family has had cancer. This information, along with personal health history, helps the health care provider find out if a person is at increased or high risk. This information is useful to make a well-informed decision about cancer screening.
MGCH & RI recommends screening exams for the following cancers: