Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they might be easier to treat.
Learn what screening tests THOCPA recommends, when you should have them, and how they are covered under some types of insurance.
Screening increases the chances of finding certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. Learn about the types
of tests done to find and diagnose cancer here. For a complete and current list go to Cancer.org:
Tests to Find and Diagnose Cancer
Screening means checking your body for
cancer before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work
best. Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk.
CDC supports screening for breast, cervical, colorectal (colon), and lung cancers as recommended by the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. For more information, visit
Breast Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?
The Pap test can find abnormal cells in the cervix which may turn into cancer. Pap tests also can find cervical cancer early, when the chance of being cured is very
high. For more information, visit Cervical Cancer: What Should I
Know About Screening?
CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program offers free or
low-cost mammograms and Pap tests nationwide. Find out if you qualify.
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so they can
be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. For more information, visit
Colorectal Cancer: What Should I Know About Screening?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for people who have a history of heavy smoking,
and smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and are between 55 and 80 years old. For more information, visit
Lung Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?
Screening for ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers has not been shown to reduce deaths from those cancers.
There is no evidence that any screening test reduces deaths from ovarian cancer. For more information, visit
Ovarian Cancer: What Should I Know About Screening?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against prostate specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for men who have no symptoms. For more information,
visit Should I Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening (total-body examination
by a clinician) to find skin cancers early. This recommendation is for people who do not have a history of skin cancer and who do not have any suspicious moles or
other spots. For more information, visit Skin Cancer: What Screening
Tests Are There?