The American Cancer Society, along with cancer experts across the country, have promoted cancer screenings as a way to cut cancer death rates, especially for breast, colon and prostate cancer, but over the last decade the number of people seeking those screenings has declined.
Chuck Reed with the American Cancer Society thinks part of the reason is confusion.
Reed says another reason for the drop may be that people fear bad news. But he says early detection means a better chance of a cure.
Reed says women who haven’t had a mammography by age 40 need to go in; and people who haven’t had that colonoscopy by age 50 should also be making an appointment.
For other recommendations on when to get early cancer screenings go to www.cancer.org.