What you should know about cancer screening
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Screening tests help find some types of cancer before you have any symptoms. It’s important to have these tests even if you feel fine and you have a healthy lifestyle. They’re part of your regular medical care.
If you’re in a certain age or population group 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 weren’t treated.
How do I know if I should get screened?
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No screening test is 100% accurate, but a good screening test is one that results in a decrease in death rates in people who do develop the cancer being screened.
Researchers also look for other benefits of screening, including improved quality of life or less harmful treatments as a result of finding cancer early.