Cancer Screening

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A woman in her 70s who may be eligible for a variety of cancer screening tests, depending on her health history.

If cancer runs in your family, or you are at high risk because of your age or other factors like your smoking history, talk to your doctor about cancer screenings. These tests are designed to detect cancer early in people with no apparent symptoms.

Yale Medicine recommends screening for certain cancers, especially those for which early treatment is of great benefit in helping patients live better and longer lives. Types of cancer for which early treatment is crucial include:

“We’re here not only for those who have been diagnosed with cancer,” says Beth A. Jones, PhD, MPH, who is the director of the Smilow Screening & Prevention Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, where many Yale Medicine physicians practice. “We also want to do everything we can for people who want to protect themselves and their families by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and by getting regular cancer screening tests as recommended by their health care providers.”

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.