If you’re in a certain age or population group, you can also have screening tests that help find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer before you’ve even noticed symptoms.
You can find possible health problems early, including some cancers, if you know your body and what is normal for you. When cancer is found early, it’s often easier to treat. Don’t ignore any changes to how your body feels. Tell your doctor about them. The sooner you report signs to your doctor, the sooner a problem can be dealt with.
Regular checkups are important because healthcare professionals like doctors are trained to spot the early warning signs of cancer. But even if you’ve recently seen your doctor for a checkup, it’s important to report any of these changes as soon as possible:
Having any of these signs doesn’t always mean that you have cancer. They may be due to some other medical problem, or they may not be serious at all. Only your doctor can tell for sure.
It has been easy to support the Canadian Cancer Society. Each one of us has been personally touched in some manner by cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.