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Screening tests help find some types of cancer before you have any symptoms. That means you have them even if you feel fine and you have a healthy lifestyle. They’re part of your regular medical care.
If you’re part of a certain age group or population in Canada, you can go for regular screening tests that can help find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer at such an early stage that you won’t have noticed that anything is wrong. Some screening tests can even help prevent cancer by finding changes in your body that would become cancer if they were left untreated.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about your risk of cancer and what screening tests you should have. Be sure to mention any family history of cancer. A family history of certain cancers may mean your risk is higher than normal. Your doctor may suggest testing at an earlier age or using a different test than recommended by the provincial guidelines.
Government of New Brunswick Cancer Screening Campaign
The Government of New Brunswick recently launched an awareness campaign as part of its efforts to improve cancer screening rates in the province. The new Screening Saves Lives campaign promotes screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers. The breast and cervical cancer screening videos can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Breast cancer screening video: http://youtu.be/rIBzOyX_Pdo
Cervical cancer screening video: http://youtu.be/2KRnj52HFJM
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.