ARIZONA ONCOLOGY

The importance of preventive cancer screening

This article is Sponsored by Arizona Oncology
Feb 17, 2021, 3:01 PM | Updated: Feb 26, 2021, 2:53 am
...

Taking control of your health starts with being proactive. Screenings are a vital component of comprehensive healthcare and they’re the best way to identify cancer in its earliest stages, often before it causes any symptoms.

The physicians at Arizona Oncology want to encourage everyone to continue getting their regular screenings during these unprecedented times. Delaying important routine exams, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and lung screenings, can increase the chance of the cancer spreading to other organs. The fact remains, most cancer is treatable if detected early.

“The impact of early screenings goes far beyond cancer detection,” said Dr. Lyndsay Willmott, Gynecologic Oncologist at Arizona Oncology. “It’s an important chance to discuss and evaluate your risks and make any adjustments that can help minimize your chances of developing cancer.”

For some, restrictions and fears during the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused delays in these important screenings. In a study published in May 2020, Epic Health Research Network found that preventive cancer screenings in the United States abruptly dropped 86% (colon) and 94% (breast and cervical) following the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency. Although the number of cancer screenings has recently begun to rise, they have not yet reached previously expected levels.[1]

Types of screening tests

Most screening tests are specific to certain types of cancer. Your screening recommendations exam will depend on your risk factors, which includes personal and family history, smoking habits, and lifestyle.

Some of the recommended exams include:

  • Mammography
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing.
  • Pap test
  • Colonoscopy
  • Low-dose CT scan
  • Skin cancer examination

Patients who are high-risk or have symptoms of concern should contact their doctor immediately about available cancer screenings and diagnostic tests.

In addition, our physicians recommend that patients get screened if they have previously canceled or postponed testing or treatment, are overdue for their screening, or have a family history of cancer and other high-risk factors.

Any person with cancer or a suspected cancer diagnosis is urged to contact the practice directly at (888) 972-CURE (2873) for more information on early screening and treatment options.

About Arizona Oncology

Arizona Oncology plays a major role in helping its patients win the battle against cancer by providing convenient access to a full range of cancer care services within a compassionate setting. Arizona Oncology believes it is beneficial to provide cancer therapies in a community setting close to patients’.

[1] https://www.ehrn.org/articles/delayed-cancer-screenings-a-second-look/

 

Arizona Oncology

...
Arizona Oncology

Don’t forget your at-home cancer screenings, even during the coronavirus pandemic

While it’s important to stay vigilant about changes in our bodies at all times, it’s especially important right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine doctor visits are being postponed,  including normal checkups, and it may be hard to get an appointment once the doctor’s office reopens.
3 years ago
...
Arizona Oncology

Cancer prevention awareness and why it is important

In 2020, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 36,730 new cancer cases in Arizona and 12,580 cancer related deaths. These figures are disheartening, considering that one-third of the most common cancers in the U.S. are preventable.
3 years ago
The importance of preventive cancer screening