Cancer Prevention is about limiting a person's risk by stopping new cancer cases from developing, detecting some cancers at early, highly treatable stages, and preventing many cancer deaths.
Screening involves checking for cancer or pre-cancerous conditions at an early stage when treatment is more effective. Screening methods vary for different cancers and may include visual exams, laboratory tests, or special procedures. Screening tests for cancers of the colon-rectum, female breast, and cervix may detect tumors early enough to effect a long-term disease-free state. Screening tests for cancers of the prostate and ovary are still being assessed for effectiveness, although high-risk individuals might benefit from their use. The effectiveness of mass screenings for cancers of other sites has not been fully evaluated. more
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program covers the cost of breast and cervical cancer screening for program-eligible patients through our Women's Cancer Screening Program.