The American Cancer Society (ACS)
May 17, 2021
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched a Get Screened campaign that encourages people to schedule regular cancer screening tests. Regular screening for cancer can help save lives. Screening increases the chance of finding certain cancers early when they might be easier to treat. And, some screening tests can prevent cancer by detecting and treating pre-cancers or cell changes before they have a chance to become cancer.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many elective procedures being put on hold, including cancer screenings. Delays in screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, and lung cancers could lead to cancers that are undiagnosed, untreated, and present at advanced stages, which makes them harder to treat. The ACS Get Screened campaign aims to increase cancer screening rates by raising awareness about the importance of recommended screenings and getting people back on track with their regular screening tests.
Screening is safe, effective, and accessible. Facilities that offer screening services have COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Many states have low or reduced-cost screening programs to help ensure that everyone has access, even people who don’t have insurance or a primary care doctor.
Visit Get Screened to learn what cancer screening tests ACS recommends, when to get them, and how they are covered by insurance. ACS resources will help you understand the steps you can take to start or restart your own screenings or help someone else who needs to get screened.