The Importance of Early Detection

Cancers that are found early before they have had a chance to grow and spread are more easily treated. Stay aware and in charge of your health with these tips provided by the experts at the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System:

Select a primary care provider. It is smart to have a doctor before you need one. With a primary care physician, you have a partner in health and wellness. When you’re ill, you have a trusted doctor who knows you and your medical history.

Keep family and/or friends informed about your health. It is better to be overly cautious about your health than to ignore unusual symptoms.

Schedule screenings. According to the American Cancer Society, screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, and some discover cancer before symptoms ever occur. Recommended screenings can vary based on age, sex, race, family history and habits. Review screening options and when they should occur with your primary care provider.

Invest in your health. Don’t let cost prevent you from scheduling a doctor’s appointment or screening. Often, financial assistance for screenings, visits, treatments and more is available to those who qualify.

Stay informed. Know your options for care and determine what is best for you. The professional staff of the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center takes great pride in providing compassionate care. As the only fully accredited cancer program in the region, our Cancer Center offers an individualized admissions process, experienced and dedicated oncology social workers, a survivorship program and supportive services that treat the whole person in addition to following your treatment plan. Knowing that quality care is available to you here in Texarkana can save you the time and extra costs of traveling for care out of town.

Do you have a primary health care provider you can talk to about possible symptoms? Call 1 (844) 274-DOCS (3627) to find a provider today!