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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Get to know more about the benefits of early cancer screening. Here, you'll find frequently asked questions about which screening tests may be right for you and resources to help locate local health centers where you can get screened.

Why should I get screened for cancer?

Screening increases the chance of finding certain cancers at an early stage - and early detection remains our best bet for treatment.5


What screenings are right for me?

Visit our cancer screening guidelines page to learn more. You can also download and print helpful materials on our resources page.


Where can I find a screening health center?

There are health centers all over the country that take various forms of coverage or non-coverage. Find a cancer screening location near you through the Health Resources and Services Administration clinic finder and the American College of Radiology lung cancer screening locator.


Can I get screened if I don't have health insurance?

If you don't have insurance, you can explore free or low-cost cancer screening options through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the Affordable Care Act.


Which common cancers can potentially be diagnosed early through preventive screening?

Detecting cancer early through screening reduces deaths from colorectal, breast, cervical, lung (among current and former heavy smokers), and likely prostate cancers.1,5 Download our cancer screening fact sheet to learn more.

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