When it comes to your health, knowledge is truly power. Too often we hear stories from family members, friends, or colleagues who wish they had been more active about their health screenings before receiving a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. But this is the year to get ahead of your wellness and achieve the peace of mind that preventative cancer screening may bring.
If you’re wondering where to start, don’t worry. We’ve partnered with Novartis and the American Cancer Society to provide you with a step-by-step guide to screening. That’s why Novartis is taking an active role in the American Cancer Society’s “Get Screened” Initiative, to raise awareness about the importance of early cancer screening in the Black community.
With over 200,000 new cancer cases and 73,000 cancer deaths expected to occur in the last year alone, Black people have the shortest survival and the highest death rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States for most cancers. It is especially important to make sure we have the resources and knowledge to know when to start getting screened for certain cancers.
Here are 7 things you should know about cancer screening and prevention, complete with advice from Dr. Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Chief Patient Officer for the American Cancer Society.