The Smilow Screening & Prevention Program brings together doctors and researchers at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center who are focused on merging the best science with the best cancer prevention and screening programs. Our goal is to provide patients with the tools they need to stay healthy. It is easier than you think!
What is Cancer Screening?
Cancer screening tests are for patients who do NOT have symptoms.
The goal of cancer screening tests is to find cancer as early as possible and BEFORE there are any symptoms. Importantly, some, but not all, cancer screening tests detect potential problems AND allow the doctor to remove the suspicious tissue at the same time. This is important as it means that you are less likely to develop cancer later in your life. Sometimes the screening test results in a finding that requires more follow up testing. It is always important to follow your doctor’s advice if more testing is recommended.
Who needs to get cancer screening tests?
The Smilow Screening & Prevention Program offers many different screening tests. If you have a regular doctor, you should ask her/him what tests are recommended for you. Your gender (sex), your age, your family history of any cancer, and possibly your race / ethnicity will be helpful in deciding when you should begin screening. Cancer screening offers the most protection when it is done on a regular basis as recommended by your doctor.
What should you do to stay healthy?
It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t. Whether or not there are people in your family who have cancer, you can reduce your chances of developing cancer and many other chronic diseases by making healthy choices throughout your life. Not smoking or chewing tobacco, eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, avoiding sitting for long periods, limiting alcohol, protecting your skin and eyes from the sun and tanning beds are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Following your health care provider’s advice on regular cancer screening is also critical to your long term health.