Prevention, Screening and Early Detection
At the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center, regularly scheduled cancer screenings are recommended to detect certain types of cancer early, sometimes even before symptoms are noticeable. Often, when cancer is detected earlier, the stronger the chance of positive outcomes. Based on national guidelines, the American Cancer Society recommends adults receive appropriate cancer screenings on a regular basis as established for adults in specific age groups.
Recommended Cancer Screening Tests for Early Detection
- Colonoscopy – Colorectal Cancer
- Mammograms – Breast Cancer
- Low Dose CT - Lung cancer (high risk individuals)
- PAP - Cervical Cancer
- PSA - Prostate Cancer
Prevention and Risk Reduction Guidelines to Keep Cancer at Bay
Prevention guidelines established by the American Cancer Society recommend:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and calories. Minimize red meats and processed meats. Choose whole grain breads, pasta and cereals.
- Get active – at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity exercise each week
- Get HPV vaccination for children at age 11 – 12
- Get to and maintain a healthy weight
- Limit how much alcohol you drink – women no more than one drink per day; men no more than two alcoholic drinks a day
- Stop tobacco – don’t chew or smoke
- Wear sunscreen
For More Information About Prevention, Screening and Early Detection
To learn more about preventive and screening services, please contact one of our team members at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center at 360-814-2146. We can help you better understand how much of cancer prevention is within your control.