Secure Peace of Mind with Cancer Screenings

February 15, 2023

Public health has been a top-of-mind concern for everyone the last couple years, and rightfully so. But while the public turned its collective focus on COVID-19, more routine actions like checkups and health screenings were pushed to the back burner. Unfortunately, this can allow small complications to grow into more serious problems with potentially life-threatening consequences.

Knowing is always better than assuming. This National Cancer Prevention Month, learn how various health screenings can help reduce your risk of cancer.

Why are screenings important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease. However, about 30-50% of cancer deaths can be prevented with certain lifestyle changes, including:

Early detection — i.e., regular health screenings and checkups — is paramount to preventing cancer deaths, the CDC reports. For example, mammography’s alone can reduce breast cancer deaths by more than 40%. Experts estimate more than 10,000 breast cancer deaths, 27,000 cervical cancer deaths, and 74,000 colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if current screening levels are maintained.

Types of cancer screenings

Of course, cancer can manifest in many different forms, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and more. Naturally, physicians will employ several different methods to detect various types of cancer. Tests available at Culbertson Memorial Hospital include the following:

Secure peace of mind today — get your regular health screenings back on the calendar this year. Schedule a screening at the Culbertson Outpatient Specialty Clinic today by calling (217) 322-4321 ext. 5271.