early detection and prevention
Some cancers are easy to find and some are more difficult. There are many things you can do to lessen your risk of many cancers like stopping smoking, having a good diet and exercising regularly. The earlier a cancer is found, the better the chances of treating it.
Some cancers are found by having regular tests or screens. These screening programs save many lives each year by finding cancer early.
Looking out for yourself and your family
The easiest way to find cancer early is to know your body and knowing what is normal and not normal.
There are three free screening services provided by the federal government which can find cancer early.
Men and women over the age of 50 should have a bowel screen every 2 years.
Women between the ages of 18 and 69 who have ever been sexually active should have a test to screen for cervical cancer every 2 years.
Women aged 50 to 74 can have a free breast screen every 2 years though women over the age of 40 are also welcome to attend.