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The earlier cancer is detected, the greater the chance it can be treated before it spreads to other areas of the body.
That's why self-examinations (such as checks of the breasts, testicles and skin) are important to build into your routine.
And it's why regular medical screenings (such as mammograms, fecal occult blood tests, Pap smears and prostate exams) are crucial even if you feel perfectly healthy.