Exploring the importance of early cancer detection

Cancer treatment has improved significantly over the past century, and one of the greatest advancements in care has been in cancer screening. Many types of cancer can be detected well before they show symptoms using techniques such as digital imaging, blood testing and physical examinations. When cancer is found early, there is a better chance for recovery with minimal complications. Below is a closer look at the important role of screening and early detection in modern cancer care.

Higher survival rates

Cancer detected in earlier stages may be treated before any metastasis occurs. By treating cancer when it is isolated to one part of the body, oncologists are not only better able to treat patients effectively, but they can also assure a lower chance of recurrence for patients.

Fewer invasive treatments

Treatment of cancer that has been detected early may be performed with radiation or minimally invasive surgery, which can be much easier on patients than conventional open surgeries and chemotherapy. While treatment does vary depending on the type of cancer and the exact stage of detection, options are generally better for patients who have had an early diagnosis.

Better cancer research

As screening becomes a higher priority in cancer care, more is understood about the behavior of different cancers and the treatment options available for them. Because so many screening procedures have been proven effective—including screening for breast, lung and gynecologic cancers—there is more funding dedicated to research concerning the early detection of other types of cancer.

The Center for Cancer Care at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare provides a broad range of services for prevention and screening to help members of the Oakbrook community maintain healthier, cancer-free lives. For more information about screenings that can benefit your health, contact Elmhurst Memorial online or at 331-221-1000. 

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