THE RELATIVE 5-YEAR SURVIVAL RATE FOR WOMEN WITH STAGE 0 OR STAGE 1 BREAST CANCER IS CLOSE TO 100%, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY*.
Between 80 and 93 percent of those diagnosed with stage one cervical cancer are alive five years after their diagnosis.* Clearly, early detection is important to a good prognosis.
Cancer Screening for Women
Cancer screenings for women involve several things. Self-examinations and a general awareness of your body are important . The American Cancer Society recommends doing a breast self-examination once a month and advising your doctor of any lumps or changes in your breasts. It's also important to be aware of any changes in moles on your body and inform your doctor if you see something abnormal. Knowing your body is a key to noticing any changes that might need to be examined by a medical professional.
However, self-examinations are just part of the cancer screening equation. The American Cancer Association recommends that women have a mammogram every year once they reach age 45 and every two year once they reach age 55**.
Pap tests are done every three years beginning at age 21 and every five years beginning at age 30 to check for cervical cancer**.
Why Cancer Screening is Important
Cancer screening isn’t just important for patients who have had cancer in the past. Diagnosing cancer early is the best way to fight--and beat--cancer. Early diagnosis usually means that cancer cells are contained and haven’t had a chance to spread to other parts of the body. This makes removing them or treating them much easier.
Don’t leave your health to chance. If you would like to know more about cancer screenings, or other women's health issues, visit Metro OB-GYN.com or call us at (712) 329-5700 today. We would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to answer all of your questions.
*5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer by stage, (n.d.). www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer
**American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer, (n.d.). Retrieved from www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early