Get Checked for Cancer
Organized screening programs may find cancer earlier, leading to better health outcomes. Cancer screening detects pre-cancerous changes, or cancer at an early stage when there is a better chance of treating it successfully. Screening is for people who do not have any cancer symptoms.
Regular breast cancer screening can find cancer when it is small and there is a better chance of treating it successfully.
Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal Pap test results and human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.
When colorectal cancer is caught early enough through screening, someone with the disease has a 9 out of 10 chance of being cured.
Screening can find some lung cancers early, when treatment has a better chance of working.
If you have questions about prostate cancer, please see the early detection section on the prostate cancer page. We also recommend talking to your family doctor or nurse practitioner.