Early Detection Saves Lives But Many Avoid Screenings

While the government has recently stated that “At least 10,000 people and possibly far more die in the United States each year because they have not been screened for colon or breast cancer,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that there has been an increased number of people getting tested and screened for cancer.

Early detection is always helpful, as medical procedures can be done and lifestyle changes can be made.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden believes that many people don’t get these life-saving cancer screening tests because of co-payments.

A report showed that “currently, about 46 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, has no health insurance. A new healthcare law signed in March is projected to extend coverage to 32 million more Americans, mainly by requiring them to buy it.”

I believe that when people learn about cancer, how to test for it, and how important early detection is, they will be much more apt to get tested for it. Medicine and hospitals are very intimidating, but when you can discuss what the doctor is doing it when they are doing it, you feel more in control of your body and its future.

The Internet provides endless amounts of information to learn about your body and cancer. Even a site like Wikipedia.org can help you understand what cancer is, how it spreads, how to test for certain types, and how you can make lifestyle changes that can help prevent the spread of it.

Information obtained from http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6653D720100706. Information further discussed and blog posted by Kate Valdovinos.

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