Screening exams are medical tests done when you’re healthy. When your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not mean he or she thinks you are sick. Screening tests are done when you have no symptoms. They can help find cancer and other diseases at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.
Greenville Health System (GHS) has screening plans for men and women. The exam you get and how often you are tested depends on whether you are at average, increased or high risk.
It’s important to know your family history. If you don’t, a great tool to help you get started can be found here. This information, along with your personal health history, helps your healthcare provider find out if you’re at increased or high risk. You and your healthcare provider can use this information to make well-informed decisions about screenings.
For a printable document with information on recommended screenings, click here.
Knowing when to get a mammogram, a colonoscopy or any other screening test can be confusing. However, these tests are important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and peace of mind for you and your family. You may not be able to prevent every condition, but even then, the best protection is early detection.
If you are interested in getting screened, or you just have questions about when and how to get screened, please contact your primary care physician. He or she can help you decide which screening test is right for you, send you information and arrange your screening. Schedule your screening appointment today by calling (844) GHS-DOCS (447-3627).
If you don’t have a primary care physician, click here to find the physician who will help keep you healthy and loving life!