Guidelines for Cancer Screening and Early Detection
According the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million people get cancer each year, making it one of the most common diseases in the United States. Although there are many different cancer types, all cancer starts with abnormal cells growing out of control. If cancer is left untreated, it can be life-threatening. However, cancer screening and early detection reduce risk and improve long-term outcomes and survivorship.
Loyola Medicine is committed to educating patients on cancer risk and the methods available for cancer screening and early detection. Although you cannot always prevent cancer, reduction of risk factors and early detection are often critical to your long-term survival and health. Loyola works with you to identify your risk and recommend appropriate screening for your specific case.
What Are My Risks of Developing Cancer?
Your risk of cancer depends on many variables, including family history and general health. At Loyola, we offer comprehensive cancer risk assessment and hereditary cancer genetics evaluation programs to help you identify your risk. Our interdisciplinary team of doctors will work with you to provide an individualized assessment and screening recommendations.
In addition to understanding risk, there are screening tests available for some cancer types. While not all cancers can be detected early, some can be, which can save your life. Loyola follows the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines and offers information and screening for the following cancer types:
If you are concerned about your cancer risk, contact your primary care physician who can make additional recommendations for your specific concerns.
Cancer Screening Guidelines and Resources
Guidelines for early cancer detection in individuals without symptoms have been determined by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. We encourage you to visit cancer.org and cancer.gov for more information.