Low-dose Computed Tomography (LDCT)
According to the Global Cancer Observatory (GCO), lung cancer was the leading cause of deaths among Filipinos. LDCT (also called low-dose CT scan) is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. A person lies on a CT scan table and the machine takes a detailed image of the lungs.
According to the GCO, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Filipino women.
An x-ray of a woman’s breast can show unusual lumps or other signs of breast cancer. Many experts recommend that women with normal risk do not have mammography (also called mastography) at least until they are 40 years old. For those with family history and genetic predisposition, though, regular mammography should be done early.
Women who are obese, began their menstruation at a younger age, have dense breasts, and drink alcohol a lot are also included in the high-risk category. For best results, routine breast exams, even self-administrated ones, could make a person aware of early signs of breast cancer.
Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
Whether taken in combination or separately, these two tests can detect and possibly prevent cervical cancer. During a pap smear and HPV test, cells from the cervix are collected and analyzed for possible changes.
What to Expect During Your First Pap Smear