Screening exams can diagnose cancer at the earliest stages, when treatment will be the most effective.
Texas Oncology recommends regular screening and/or self-exams for breast, prostate, colorectal, skin, testicular, lung, and cervical cancers. Early detection remains the most effective way of combating these diseases.
Individuals should be aware of their cancer risk, which may be higher for those with a personal or family history of cancer, or certain genetic profiles that have been associated with specific cancer types. Screening may need to occur more often or begin at an earlier age for those with these risk factors.
Research does not indicate the most appropriate age to begin cancer screening. Patients should consult a physician to make an informed decision about screening, considering the patient’s history and circumstances.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
Patients with underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, or compromised immune systems, including many cancer patients, are more susceptible to viruses, including COVID-19. Some cancer therapies, such as targeted drugs, steroids, as well as some cancer types, like blood cancers, can result in a weakened immune system.
Cancer patients, caregivers, and close contacts can take proactive measures to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
Patients should be mindful of potential exposure risk in their contact with anyone, including a caregiver. To the extent possible, cancer patients should limit extended, direct contact. It is essential that patients, caregivers, close contacts wear face coverings.