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Should Your Parent Get Screened for Cancer?

Home Care Collierville TN - Should Your Parent Get Screened for Cancer?

Home Care Collierville TN – Should Your Parent Get Screened for Cancer?

Early detection is key to the proper management and treatment of the vast majority of health issues and challenges. By identifying these problems early, a medical team has the opportunity to develop an approach that is appropriate for the patient considering their individual challenges, health issues, and personal goals. Early detection also allows for intervention before the condition has worsened or, as in the case of cancer, spread further throughout the body.

Knowing the guidelines for cancer screenings is an important step in starting the conversation with your parent about what screenings they should undergo and if this type of screening is actually right for them.

The American Cancer Society offers the following cancer screening guidelines for men and women over the age of 65:

Men:

* Colon cancer screening done on the schedule that is right for the individual and using the testing technique the medical team deems appropriate.

* Prostate cancer screening performed on those with an appropriate level of personal health and who can expect to live for at least another ten years.

* Lung cancer screening for those who have a personal history of smoking, including those who have quit in the last 15 years, or who have other serious risk factors such as environmental issues related to their career.

Women:

* Breast cancer screening including mammogram performed every two years or more frequently depending on the risk factors for the individual. Seniors may require more diverse testing than just mammogram if they have certain risk factors.

* Colon cancer screening done on the schedule that is right for the individual and using the testing technique the medical team deems appropriate.

* Lung cancer screening for those who have a personal history of smoking, including those who have quit in the last 15 years, or who have other serious risk factors such as environmental issues related to their career.

It is important to note that the actual timing, frequency, and type of screening will vary depending on the person and their current condition. If your elderly parent has particular risk factors or has been demonstrating symptoms of certain cancers, for example, they might undergo further testing, more frequent testing, or testing that is not on this list. It is important to talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of screening so that you and your parent can make the decision that is right for them.

Starting home care for your parent can be a fantastic way to help your parent manage their needs and challenges in the most effective ways and support a lifestyle that is as independent and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. A home care services provider can be with your parent on a schedule that addresses not just their needs, but also the level of care that you are able to give them.

This means that they will be able to manage their challenges in the ways that are right for them while also reducing your stress and ensuring that you are able to be handle other obligations and responsibilities in your life while focusing your energy, attention, and resources in the most efficient and effective ways.

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1500929/

https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/screening-recommendations-by-age.html

For Home Care Services in Collierville TN, please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth today!

About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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