Why Is Taking the Pledge Important?
Studies have shown the same thing: As a result of the pandemic, millions of people are delaying their routine screenings for cancer. The result? We, our family, and our friends are more likely to be diagnosed with further advanced cancers. It’s time for us to join together to prioritize getting screened and encourage our loved ones to do the same.
The White House is committed to increasing awareness of the importance of routine screening and encouraging people to take action by scheduling their exams. They are inviting all of us to take the pledge to get screened.
How Can You Help?
Take the pledge now to get screened and be part of a movement of Americans urging their friends and family to do the same.
Denyse Shares Her Story
Meet Denyse, who hesitated to schedule a routine screening. She says getting screened saved her life. She is grateful to the Cancer Support Community and others for connecting her with resources to get screened and support after her diagnosis.
Knowledge Is Power
Explore our free resources to learn more about the cancers for which routine screenings are available.
Breast cancer is most treatable at an early stage. Regular monitoring is key to catching it early. There are many ways to detect or screen for breast cancer.
An increase in Pap tests is the primary reason for the 50% decline in deaths from cervical cancer over the last 40 years. Regular Pap tests are crucial between the ages of 21 and 65.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at age 45 to catch colorectal cancer early, when it is small, hasn’t spread, and might be easier to treat.
Lung cancer screening in the form of a low-dose CT scan is recommended for people at high risk for lung cancer. It has been shown to reduce deaths from lung cancer.
The decision to get screened prostate cancer depends on many factors, including family history, age, race, and symptoms. Discuss the risk and benefits of screening with your doctor.
Skin cancer self-screenings should be conducted monthly. Check all the surfaces of your skin and look closely at your moles so that you can tell if they begin to change in shape, size, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice anything unusual on your skin or have a sore or patch of skin that won’t heal.