Airing: Episode 477, Week of Saturday January 12, 2019
It’s likely that nearly all of us have been touched by cancer, whether personally or through a friend or loved one. Sadly it’s estimated that some 600,000 people will die from cancer in the US this year alone. That’s why early cancer screening is so important. The early detection of certain types of cancers can help facilitate with improvement in treatment and potential for cure as well as picking up some abnormalities in a precancerous state that would allow for the progression to cancer if undetected early enough.
Deyka Torres’ early screening was a lifesaver.
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer I had been going for my regular screenings and everything you know would come back normal, but then I started noticing that I was getting spotting between periods, I was getting pelvic pain. So I went in to see my doctor immediately and thanks to that and those screenings, they were able to catch my cancer nice and early.
While the diagnosis was scary Deyka is happy she got screened.
It was a positive experience overall but at the beginning it was very scary. I actually had to have a hysterectomy done in order to remove the the cancer from my body, but you know other than a few hot flashes here and there I’m back to normal. Back to being me.
Deyka’s story is a testimony to the power of cancer screening. As a reminder Cancer Screen week held every December is meant as a catalyst for action, this is a public health initiative that’s founded by Genentech, the American Cancer Society to try to promote this message of the importance of early detection and routine screenings in order to try to reduce the mortality from potentially detectable and treatable cancers.
Studies show that patients with some of the most common cancers can benefit tremendously from screening and early detection some of the most common and deadly cancers including colorectal cancer, breast cancers, lung cancers. While the cervical cancer have early detection mechanisms which are important to you for patients to get with their routine medical doctor in order to try to detect any abnormalities early on and treat them and potentially cure them as well.
I you’re concerned about cancer check out the site cancerscreenweek.org. There’s a lot of great information and resources available at the website where you can learn more about everything we’ve discussed today as well as recommended screening tests available.
Deyka has some sobering advice
Go to the doctor, it’s super super important. If I hadn’t gone, I wouldn’t be here today.
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