Find cancer early
How well do you know your body? Knowing what is normal for you helps you notice changes. When you notice something different about your body – like a new growth or lump, increased fatigue or dramatic weight loss – it needs to be checked out. When cancer is found early, it’s often easier to treat.
With many things postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may seem like a good idea to put off contacting your doctor until later. You may be nervous to visit the doctor during this time, but increased safety measures in offices mean that you can see a doctor safely. Many doctors are also finding new ways to reach their patients virtually and by phone.
Cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Get changes checked sooner rather than later. That change to your body might be nothing, but it might be serious. Always see a doctor if there are any changes to how you’re feeling or you have new physical symptoms.
Take steps for your health. Speak with your doctor or talk to one of our Cancer Information Helpline specialists at 1-888-939-3333 about finding cancer early.
Only a doctor can say for sure whether a change is cancer. Read more
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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. To keep everyone as safe as possible, organized screening programs were paused during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs are now starting to run again, and it’s important to get back on track if you’re due for any screening tests. Check with your regional program for the most up-to-date information on what is happening in your area.
- How do I find a breast cancer screening program?
- How do I find a cervical cancer screening program?
- How do I find a colorectal cancer screening program?
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