September 20, 2015 | by City of Hope
Cancer risk varies by person, with hereditary or genetic factors increasing some people's risk of certain types of cancers. For these people especially, screening can be a powerful tool.
"Early detection is the key to surviving cancer," said City of Hope's Cary Presant, M.D. "There’s a saying, Stage 1 is the cure. The earlier stage you find cancer, the better your cure rate and the less treatment you need. You might not need a big expensive, operation. You just need a small resection or a small biopsy and that can take care of the cancer. Trying to get it early is the key."
City of Hope’s Cancer Screening & Prevention ProgramSM is designed to help you understand more about your personal cancer risks. Armed with this knowledge, you can learn how to minimize your risks and stop cancer from developing.
Here, Presant explains which cancers you should be screened for, at what age cancer screening should begin and why cancer screening is so important.
For other interviews with City of Hope experts, go to our list of City of Hope podcasts.
Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.