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One of the most important components in the fight against cancer is detecting it as early as possible. Prevention and early detection through cancer screening can lead to reduced illness and death. It is important to follow recommendations for cancer screening tests; the earlier cancer is detected the better your chance of successful treatment(1) .
Some screening tests are standard, while others may be recommended due to family history or other risk factors, such as, age, gender, ethnicity, and lifestyle. Several standard screening tests include, but are not limited to, fecal immunochemical test, mammogram, and pap test(2).
Most screening tests are not very invasive, but it is important to understand that small risks of serious complications can exist. In addition, screening tests can also produce false positives, which may lead to unnecessary anxiety and diagnostic procedures(2). It is important to understand these potential drawbacks when screening for cancer. Making the decision to participate in screening is a personal health decision that should be based on a conversation between you and your family physician.
For more information and resources regarding cancer screening, visit the Alberta Health Services Screening for Life website (www.screeningforlife.ca). Take charge of your health and become informed today regarding cancer screening recommendations.
This article was submitted by Alana Armbruster, Clinical Supervisor at the Palliser PCN.
September 10, 2020,is Suicide Prevention day:
Most of us have been affected by suicide in some way and, if not, we sure can empathize with those who have. It is important to be aware of the warning signs for yourself or someone you know:
When we or someone we know is showing any of these signs, it takes courage to ask for help or ask others if they need help. Please know your community is here to support you. You can access support anonymously or find local support in Medicine Hat, and Brooks. You can find these local supports by searching our Local Resources section of our website, and the additional links below: