Any diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but with most cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it. That’s why taking advantage of cancer screening tests is so important; in some cases getting screened can even help you stop cancer before it starts. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to understand which tests are needed – and too often we’re so busy taking care of our families and loved ones that we don’t take the time to care for ourselves.
To help address these challenges, DPH recently launched an awareness campaign encouraging women to talk to their health care providers about breast and cervical cancer screenings. The campaign aims to empower women to discuss the topic with their healthcare providers, understand the importance of getting appropriate screenings, and figure out which tests are right for them.
The campaign also reminds health care providers of the critical role they play in keeping their patients healthy by discussing the benefits of regular screening and explaining age/risk-appropriate screening guidelines for breast and cervical cancer.
If you’re a health care provider, I encourage you to talk with your female patients about screening for breast and cervical cancer. One simple conversation really can save lives. To find out more, visit mass.gov/dph/cancerscreenings.
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