(Des Moines) The American Cancer Society, along with cancer experts across the country, have promoted preventive cancer screenings as a way to cut cancer death rates, especially for breast, colon and prostate cancer, but over the last decade the number of people seeking those screenings has dropped. Chuck Reed with the Iowa Chapter of the American Cancer Society thinks part of the reason is confusion.
“People aren’t sure when to go in and get that first screening and I strongly suggest to everybody to visit the American Cancer Society website and get our recommendations for screenings because I believe we have the best ones there.”
He says another reason for the drop may be that people fear bad news, but Reed says early detection means a better chance of a cure.
“We can help people if they just follow the advice we give so if they do indeed find cancer, we find it at an early stage. So, I am more concerned about what’s going to happen down the road as far as finding cancers at more advanced stages.”
Reed says if you haven’t had a mammography by age 40 you need to go in; if you haven’t had that colonoscopy by age 50 you need get one. For other recommendations on when to get early cancer screenings go to www.cancer.org.
Iowa News Service
January 3, 2013