It has never been more important to make sure your cancer screening is up to date.
Early diagnosis of cancer focuses on detecting symptomatic patients as early as possible, so they have the best chance for successful treatment.
When it comes to your body, remember you are in charge. Be aware of any changes and if you spot something unusual, do not ignore it. Speak to your doctor, even if it’s something you have mentioned before. In most cases, it will not be cancer – but if it is, finding it early can make a real difference.
National screening programs are available in Australia to detect breast cancer, bowel cancer and cervical cancer. These programs are available free of charge.
The aim of screening programs is to pick up very early cancers in healthy individuals, who do not have symptoms, or in some cases to prevent cancer. If you are eligible for a screening test and have received an invitation to screen or have received a free home test kit, now is the time to tick cancer screening off your list.
For more information about early detection and screening, visit www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/causes-and-prevention/early-detection-and-screening