Over the past 50 years, cancer screening capabilities and guidelines have evolved immensely. As research identifies new insight into cancer, physicians adapt their recommendations for preventing, screening for, and treating cancer. “Advancements in technology and research have brought a new perspective for specific cancer types, revealing how and when to screen for certain cancers,” said Billie Marek, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-McAllen.
Guidelines for cancer screenings adapt to new information. Recently, various organizations revised longstanding screening guidelines. Not everyone in the medical community agrees with each recommendation. “The important thing to remember is to seek information from a reputable source and to talk with your physician about what screenings and timing are recommended for your particular case,” said Dr. Marek. “The bottom line is that screening saves lives, and every life saved through early detection is a victory in the fight against cancer.”
Texas Oncology physicians recommend specific timing and regular intervals for screenings based on
age, gender, family history, and type of cancer. Click here for a checklist.
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