Cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in the Philippines. Though it is not common for people between 20 and 39 years old to develop cancer, doctors still advocate early and regular cancer screening tests for young adults who have a family history or or confirmed to carry genes known to increase their risk.
Most common types of cancers that benefit from screening
Screening means testing a person for a disease even though that person does not exhibit any sign or symptom yet.
When detected early enough and treatment started at an earlier stage, there is a strong possibility of preventing the disease from developing into a more advanced condition. Regular tests done at an early age can help doctors and patients discover early signs of these types of cancer:
However, not all screening tests are considered effective. For a screening test to be effective it must: