3 Ways to Detect Cancer Early
Many lives can be saved if cancer is found early—and there are ways to be proactive about your health. Proper screenings, understanding your family history, and making healthy choices are the best ways to stop cancer in its tracks.
1. Proper Screening
Screenings are one of the best ways to detect cancer early. Start by talking with your doctor at your yearly check-up about the recommended screenings you should get based on your age, gender and other risk factors like family history. For example, men over 50 should schedule screening for prostate cancer every one to two years and women starting at age 40 should have yearly mammograms to help detect breast cancer.
2. Know Your History
Your genes can play a role in cancer development. If you know cancer runs in your family, genetic counseling and early screening can play a major role in detection and prevention. If you’re not sure about your family history—medical records and other documents such as obituaries and death certificates can be a starting point to learning about your family history.
3. Healthy Lifestyle Choices
The way you live can make a difference in preventing cancer. Choose a healthy lifestyle by stopping smoking which can lower your risk of lung, bladder and other cancers. Stay away from tanning beds or excessive sun-bathing to help avoid skin cancer. Drink in moderation, exercise regularly, and choose a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables to help prevent liver and breast cancer.
The decisions you make now can affect your health later. Prevention, early detection, regular check-ups and screenings can all add up to avoiding cancer or catching it in its earliest stage when it is most treatable.