Why Self-Monitoring In Between Routine Screenings Helps You Catch Cancer Early

Routine Cancer Screenings Not Enough To Catch Cancer Early

While we are making significant strides in treating cancer, the fact is that no one is immune. The most important component in the fight against cancer is detecting it as early as possible.

Cancer screening is looking for cancer before a person has symptoms. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early (Stage 1), it is easier to treat or cure. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have grown and spread.

There are several types of screenings for men and women. The American Cancer Society provides a list of the various available screenings and the recommended frequency. In reviewing the recommendations, many of them start at later stages in life and are frequently years apart. While screening is a critical part of cancer detection, it also has major limitations.

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Regardless of screening type, the results are only good as of the moment they were performed as it is a test of one’s current condition. Screenings do not project the future or ensure you will be cancer-free until your next screening. Cancer has its own “mind” as to when it wants to start and grows 24/7 until stopped. The good news is that there are some solutions to detecting cancer between screenings.


There is a method that frequently catches cancer between scheduled screenings at an early stage.

Many cancers show signs and symptoms at the early stages as they start growing. This combined with knowledge of your body offers a solution. You know your body better than anyone else. You look at your body more frequently than anyone else, you know better than anyone else when you are not feeling right. Utilizing all these attributes will allow you to monitor your body for early cancer detection.

To optimize the chances of early cancer detection you must in addition to screening and genetic testing monitor your body on a regular basis. When you notice a change, it is a red flag, it doesn’t mean you have cancer but an immediate evaluation by a medical professional is critical. So, for early detection of the ugly “C” and stopping it in its tracks, it is imperative that you know the signs and symptoms of cancer and how to routinely check your body to find them. This will allow for timely treatment.


Just like habitually wearing a seat belt can decrease your risk of serious injury or death in a car accident, making it a habit to monitor your body for cancer can help you catch it early before it spreads and advances into its late stages.


To start monitoring your body, you need a few things: first, a well-lit room and a full-length mirror. In addition, download and print the body monitoring guides and charts. You can find them all here: spottingcancer.org/guides/#body-monitoring.

Once you have these ready, you can get started
  • First – familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of cancer. Check out Step 1 to see how you can spot common cancer signs and symptoms. From changes in toenail color to more noticeable signs like weight loss or bruising, our complete guide will help you in evaluating your body changes.
  • Create a baseline for your body by completing the BASELINE CHART.
  • Examine each part of your body shown in the AREAS TO BE MONITORED chart using the outlined procedure below to detect any changes. Repeat procedures on a regular basis.
  • Determine if any changes have occurred using the SYMPTOMS MONITORING CHART.

How often should you monitor your body for early cancer detection?

Generally speaking, self-examining your body for early cancer detection should take place once or twice a month. It’s best to incorporate your self-check into your routine continuously between your scheduled screenings. Set an electronic alert on your devices to help remind you to monitor your body., It’s generally best to do your self-check exam at the same time of day each time. For women, it’s recommended that you should monitor your body consistently with your menstrual cycle.

When should you see your doctor?

You know your body better than anyone, and if something doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s time to see your doctor. Having a sign or a symptom does not mean you have cancer. It is a “Red Flag” to be evaluated by your medical team.


Early cancer detection requires multiple procedures
Cancer screening coupled with habitual self-monitoring; genetic testing and know if your paternal family history is a fantastic way to stop cancer before it spreads. Not only that, it can be a very comforting process to know that you’re on the right track and doing everything you can to ensure that you’re doing your part to increase your chance of cancer survival.


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This information is intended as general information only. It was not written or intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please seek professional advice from your physician before taking any action that could affect your health.