Screen for cancer regularly as a part of your wellness.
Cancer screening involves different tests that look for signs of cancer in your body. Cancer screening can involve x-ray images of body parts, blood tests and cell or stool samples. The goal of cancer screening is to find cancer early, before you have symptoms and before the cancer has a chance to grow and spread. Early detection can help improve your chances for effective treatment and recovery.
Cancer screening is available to people of specific age groups and risk factors. You may need to get cancer screening more often if you have a family history of cancer or have personal health risks. Your health care provider can advise you about what kind of screenings are right for you, which ones are available to you and how often you can get screened.
Getting screened regularly can bring peace of mind for you and your family. Knowing the results offers you the wisdom to make informed decisions about your own health. Many cancer screening tests come back with no concerns.
If your cancer screening test comes back with unusual results, it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it means more testing is needed to learn more. Some tests may be uncomfortable. Be sure to ask whether there are ways you can be made comfortable during the testing process.
There are four provincial screening programs in BC led by BC Cancer.
Breast screening = A mammography test (an X-ray of your breasts)
Cervix screening = Cervix self-screening or a Pap test
Cervix self-screening test:
Lung screening = Low dose CT lung scan (a picture of your lungs)
Travel Coverage for Screening
For those who live in an area without close access to a screening service, you may need to travel to access a lab, clinic or hospital for service. Travel and accommodation coverage may be available provincially or through First Nations Health Benefits. A doctor's referral may be required for coverage.
Cancer Screening Appointment
Going to a cancer screening appointment is an important decision and can come with a range of thoughts and feelings. To prepare, you may wish to consider:
To learn more:
What to Expect: