Reuters (8/19, Seaman) reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that too many individuals are being screened for cancer near the end of their lives, not when they are young when early cancer screening can pick-up deadly cancers when they are curable.
Bloomberg News (8/19, Ostrow) reports that researchers found that “more than half of men 65 and older who had a very high risk of dying in nine years were screened for prostate cancer, a slow-moving disease.” Nearly “38 percent of older women with a similar life expectancy were screened for breast cancer and 31 percent were screened for cervical cancer despite some having undergone a hysterectomy.”
Vox (8/19) reports, “Among patients with the shortest life expectancies (about five years), 40 percent had been screened for colorectal cancer.”
As baldingblog’s readership is largely young, you should ask yourself ‘what you are doing to detect an early cancer?’ Young people don’t think cancer, because they think that their bodies are fortresses and as such, are immune to cancer. Nothing can be more tragic then cancers in young people. Women who get ovarian cancer or colon cancer when they are under 40, have a high risk of early death because the disease is often picked up too late. Men who get colon cancer under 40, often die early. Smokers develop lung cancer at all ages. Early detection can address this problem at the diseases earliest stage. What is the message here? Go see your doctor and get a good history taken and have a physical examination and make sure you are screened for cancer. Don’t wait until you are 70, because you might just not make 70 or even 50 if you are victimized by some of these difficult diseases.