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The Atlanta Falcons and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University are teaming up to intercept cancer through the "Crucial Catch" campaign. The initiative encourages early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancer types through education and donations to Winship Cancer Institute to fund cancer research and clinical trials.

#1 for Cancer Care in Georgia

Winship Cancer Institute is part of Emory Healthcare, Georgia's most comprehensive academic health system and the official team healthcare provider of the Falcons. Winship is the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state. Meaning, Winship provides Georgians with personalized cancer care aligned with innovative cancer research, including access to clinical trials and resources that may not be available anywhere else.

Did you know that roughly 1.8 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year in the United States? Early detection through cancer screenings can provide more options for fighting cancer, and it matters where you go for your screenings. Using the most advanced technologies, Winship physicians have the expertise to uncover cancer cells that could be missed.

At Emory Healthcare, we're here to help you find the care you need when you need it. If you are ready to start your health journey, self-education in prevention and screenings can be a good place to begin your steps to better health.

A Cancer Survivor's Story

For years, Tess has done something special for herself on her birthday. She sees her physician for an annual checkup. But in 2019, she got results she wasn't expecting. She had breast cancer, then a diagnosis of another cancer after that. Watch her story.

Healthy ATL with Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan talks with Winship Cancer Institute's Dr. Steve Szabo about making a crucial catch and the importance of getting screened early and often. Watch what they have to say.

Don't Put Off Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 resulted in many medical checkups and procedures being postponed in 2020, which led to substantially fewer cancer screenings and diagnoses. As your regular health care facility now provides cancer screening, it has additional safety protocols so you can have a safe return to regular cancer screenings. 

When it comes to cancer screenings, offense is the best defense:

Keep Up With Your Screenings

If you had an appointment for screening that was postponed or canceled, talk to your healthcare team about rescheduling. Your provider can discuss your personal health risks and the benefits of being screened now.

Call a Time Out and Make a Game Plan If You Have Symptoms

If you have signs or symptoms such as a lump in your breast or blood in the stool, get in touch with your provider right away and get scheduled for exams or tests to evaluate your particular signs or symptoms.

You May Have Options for Screening 

Screening recommendations are general recommendations for large groups of people, but you might need to be screened at an earlier age than recommended if you have certain risk factors such as a family history of cancer.  

The updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening recommend individuals aged 25 to 65 get a primary human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years, or if primary HPV testing is not available, individuals should get a Pap test every three years. People older than age 65 can stop being screened as long as they've had 10 years of regular screening with normal results.

Many women get an annual mammogram for breast cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women at average risk from ages 45 to 54, and screening every two years for women aged 55 and older. Women with risk factors such as a family history of breast cancer are recommended to start getting mammograms at an earlier age.   

Colorectal cancer screening is now recommended to start at age 45 for people at average risk. There are several options for colorectal cancer screening. For example, stool tests, such as fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) or a stool DNA test (such as Cologuard), can be done with samples collected at home. If the stool test result is positive, a colonoscopy will probably be recommended. A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a long, flexible tube is used to look at the inside of the colon and rectum. A screening colonoscopy can prevent some colorectal cancers by finding and removing polyps (growths on the inner lining) before they turn into cancer. Talk with your doctor about the safest way to proceed with this screening.

Lung cancer screening is not recommended for everyone but it is recommended for people at higher risk for lung cancer, such as current smokers or former smokers who had at least a 30-pack-year smoking history. Lung cancer screening is done with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT). Your doctor can evaluate your risk of lung cancer and help you make an informed decision about the benefits, limitations, and harms of screening with LDCT scans.

Source: Winship Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society

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Research is crucial in the fight against cancer. Visit our Winship donation page to learn how you can help.