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Cancer screenings are tests that look for signs of cancer before you have symptoms. The goal of cancer screenings is to find cancer early, in its most treatable stages. Some screenings can even help prevent cancer by finding precancerous changes.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona. If you are interested in cancer screenings for your child or teen in Arizona, Find a Doctor near you today or call 844.214.5236 (8222).
Childhood and adolescent cancers are rare, accounting for less than one percent of cancers in the US. Because of this, there are no standard or routine cancer screenings for these age groups.
Finding cancer early offers the best chance for a cure. Most cancers are more likely to respond to treatment in the early stages. See your doctor if your child or teen experiences any symptoms that last more than a couple of weeks. If you are concerned, talk with your doctor about your child’s risk for childhood and adolescent cancers.
Cancers that most often develop in children and teens include: