Get in Gear and Get Screened!

When the New Year rolls around, many people resolve to live healthier lifestyles. You may decide you want to eat nutritiously, exercise more or quit smoking, but no matter what your resolution, take an extra step to a healthy life by getting your cancer screenings!

Cancer screening saves lives by detecting cancers early when treatment is most effective. In addition to getting screened, you can also help lower your cancer risk by knowing yourself, your risk factors and your family history. Following through on some common New Year’s resolutions can also help lower your risk:

  • Stay away from tobacco.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get moving with regular physical activity.
  • Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Protect your skin from the sun.

Learn more about the most commonly diagnosed cancers, screening tests and guidelines and what you can do to lower your risk for each by reading through our printable fact sheets.

You can also learn more by visiting CCHD’s Cancer Control program, the National Cancer Institute, or the American Cancer Society.

The month of January is designated as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, but between 1955 and 1992, the cervical cancer death rate declined by almost 70% and now continues to decrease by nearly 3% each year. Why the huge drop? More women are having Pap tests done to screen for cervical cancer. Screening tests can prevent cervical cancer by allowing clinicians to identify and remove precancerous lesions before they develop into cancer. Screening also helps by identifying cancer early in the course of the disease when treatment is more effective and the chance of recovery is high. Imagine what might happen to other cancer rates if everyone was regularly screened!

You may be eligible for free or low-cost breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings! The Montana Cancer Screening Program promotes early detection of cancers and help cover costs of screenings for eligible men and women. To learn more, visit CCHD’s Cancer Screening Program online or call 791-9272.