Cancer Screenings

Friday, July 08, 2016

Screening means checking your body for cancer before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical and colorectal cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cancer screenings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A screening test can find diseases before you have symptoms or feel sick. Screening for certain cancers when you are at the right age can sometimes lead to better treatment.

Pap smears look for signs of cervical cancer. Mammograms test for breast cancer. Colon cancer can be found using a colonoscopy test or by testing your stool to see if it has blood in it. Low-dose computed tomography is used to find lung cancer in smokers. The screening test for prostate cancer is called a prostate-specific antigen test.

Cancer screening tests can save lives but can also cause harm. As you get older, screening tests may become more risky and can lead to more testing, including some which may have harmful side effects.

Talk to your doctor about any screenings youre considering. Before you make a decision, you should talk about your medical history, overall health and personal wishes. And to learn more about cancer screenings, visit the American Cancer Society website at cancer.org.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.