Screening saves lives!
Early detection of most kinds of cancer makes a big difference in the diagnosis, treatment, progression, and outcome of the disease. Screening saves lives! Cancer is one of the leading causes of death. There are many different kinds of cancers, which come from a variety of causes. Often, cancer begins and grows undetected until it has become dangerous, even deadly. Once cancer has spread from the initial site, treatment can get increasingly more complex, difficult to endure, and more likely to lead to a poor outcome.
- Know your risks- many kinds of cancer can be avoided by limiting risk factors. Refraining from tobacco use, eating a balanced diet, getting regular moderate exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight are all things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.
- Visit your physician for a check-up annually. Be honest about any potential symptoms you may be experiencing. Ask questions.
- The risk of many kinds of cancer increases with age. People over the age of 50 should be screened for colon cancer.
Fortunately, screening for most kinds of cancers is painless and readily available. Preventive care, including cancer screening, is a covered benefit under your Elan health plan.