The Importance of Getting Screened

These days, we all know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Every day we make little choices that we know will benefit our health in the future – we choose salad instead of French fries, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and get our flu shot. We make sure our kids have regular doctor’s and dentist’s appointments. We understand that all of these little things can add up to a big difference when it comes to our health.

Something else that we can do to help maintain our health is to get a regular cancer screening. Just like our other healthy lifestyle choices, a screening test for cancer is about planning for the future. It’s always best to try and catch any problems with our health when they’re still small, and these tests can catch cancer at an early stage, when it’s much easier to treat and there is a higher chance of recovery. They can often detect if something is wrong even before the first symptoms appear.

If you know that you or your family is at risk for a certain kind of cancer, both the Canadian and American Cancer Society recommend regular screening tests. Cancers that we can screen for, such as breast, cervical, colorectal, and now nasopharyngeal, pose much less of a risk if they’re caught at an early stage.

Since they can have such an important impact on our health and that of our family, annual cancer screenings should be part of a healthy lifestyle, along with exercising and eating right. Thinking ahead and getting screened can make all the difference.