Make the Smart Play

Take Charge of Your Health with Self-Screening, Early Detection & Healthier Living

A program from Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Shea Theodore Shares His Story to Inspire Others

Last summer, after the Golden Knights ended their season, Shea Theodore joined Team Canada for the World Championships. A routine drug test end up revealing testicular cancer. Shea caught it early and was treated successfully. Now, he teamed up with Comprehensive Cancer Centers to be an ambassador and advocate to encourage everyone to self screen and get early testing.

You Can't Train for Cancer, but You Can be Prepared.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers recommends everyone self screen and have annual checkups with their physicians to ensure early detection of cancer and improve treatment outcomes. The following provides guidelines and helpful hints to improve personal health management.

Women's Health

Breast Cancer and Beyond

For women, breast cancer includes self exams, clinical exams and regular mammograms with a physician. Self exams should start in your 20s. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every three years. Women over the age of 40 should have the exam every year.The American Cancer Society recommends starting annual mammograms by age 45. For gynecological and other women's cancer screenings, timelines depend upon guidance from your physician.

Men's Health

Men's Cancer Screenings

Testicular cancer screening can begin at age 15, with annual doctor visits part of the screening process. Prostate cancer screenings should start with your doctor at age 45. Screenings for colorectal cancer should begin at age 50. Screening timelines should be discussed with your doctor.

Start good habits to improve health and reduce risks.

By getting more exercise, eating better and making smarter lifestyle choices, you can improve your health and lower risks for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Watch What You Eat

Cut back on processed foods, while adding in more whole grains, vegetables, nuts and leafy greens.

Get More Active

Get at least 30 minutes of activity each day, wear sunscreen, walk rather than drive, and put down the electronics to have conversations with friends.

Make Good Lifestyle Choices

Stop, or don't start smoking or vaping, keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. And always wash your hands for 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face.