According to the National Cancer Institute over 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S, with over half a million deaths. The most common cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, followed by colon cancer. Statistically 38% of people living in the U.S will be diagnosed with cancer sometime in their life.
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that “Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. There are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening. Recognizing possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action leads to early diagnosis. Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer, among physicians, nurses and other health care providers as well as among the general public, can have a great impact on the disease.”
Screening and testing for cancer when any symptoms become present is important to successful treatment and remission.
Men’s cancer screening
The Men’s Comprehensive Cancer Panel provides indicators for the common cancers that affect males. These include cancers of the prostate, testes, large intestine (colon and rectal), stomach, pancreas, liver, and breast.
Women’s cancer screening
The test is used to provide information regarding indicators for common cancers that affect women, including ovarian, colon, rectal, stomach, pancreas, breast and liver cancer.