Prevention and Early Detection

Cancer prevention begins with lifestyle changes to reduce and/or eliminate risk factors

Factors that Increase Your Risk for Cancer at a Given Organ*

Passive and Active Smoking
Lungs, Oral Cavity, Pharynx, Larynx, Esophagus, Bladder, Stomach, Pancreas, Liver, Kidney
Diet, Obesity, Low Physical Activity
Colon, Postmenopausal Breast Cancer, Endometrium, Kidney
Alcohol Consumption
Head and Neck Cancer, Esophagus, Kidney, Breast
Reproductive History
Breast, Cervical, Endometrium, Ovarian
Occupational Exposure
Lung, Bladder, Kidney, Hemopoietic System
Ionizing Radiation, Ultraviolet Radiation
Skin, Brain, and Nervous System
Infectious Agents
Liver, Stomach, Cervical, Anal, Genitals, Hemopoietic System, Bladder

* Source: Guía de la Unión Internacional contra el cáncer para América Latina (International Union Guide Against Cancer for Latin America), 2006. Page 23.

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Early cancer screening saves lives, as it can help detect cancer early. When cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat and/or cure. Usually, once the patient already has symptoms, the cancer may have grown and is spreading (metastasizing). This can make it harder to treat or cure.

It is important to remember that when a doctor recommends early screening, it does not imply that the doctor thinks the patient has cancer. In fact, these tests are given when the person has no symptoms of cancer.

These are examples of the types of cancer that can be detected early, as well as the respective tests for early detection and screening:

Breast cancer
Mammogram
Stomach Cancer
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
Cervical Cancer
Pap Smear
Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid Ultrasound
Skin Cancer
Full Skin Exam
Cancer of the Colon or Large Intestine
Colonoscopy, Blood Test in Stool
Prostate Cancer
Specific Prostate Antigen (blood test), Digital Rectal Exam
 

With OncoSmart, you are eligible for an annual Preventive Oncology Screening Visit, which can give you an early diagnosis of cancer.

The Oncology Preventive Check includes:

MEN
Laboratory Exams
Complete Blood Panel
Creatinine (Evaluation of Kidney Function)
AST (Liver Function Test)
ALT (Liver Function Test)
GGT (Liver Function Test)
Physical Exam
Physical examination of skin and the lymphatic system: axillary, cervical and inguinal ganglia.
Physical neck examination: thyroid palpation
Physical examination: lungs and heart
Physical abdominal exam
Physical examination of the male genital tract
Medical evaluation report and recommendations

Preventive Check for Men over 40

In addition to all laboratory tests and the physical evaluation of the regular preventive Oncology check-up, this check includes:

  • Specific Prostate Antigen
WOMEN
Laboratory Exams
Complete Blood Panel
Creatinine (Evaluation of Kidney Function)
AST (Liver Function Test)
ALT (Liver Function Test)
GGT (Liver Function Test)
Physical Exam
Physical examination of skin and the lymphatic system: axillary, cervical and inguinal ganglia.
Physical neck examination: thyroid palpation
Physical breast exam
Physical examination: lungs and heart
Physical abdominal exam
Physical exam of the female genital tract (does not include transvaginal ultrasound)
Medical evaluation report and recommendations
 


Additionally, your doctor will provide you with basic recommendations for cancer prevention, and will recommend complementary tests appropriate to your age, gender and risk factors; you may apply your plan’s benefits to these tests.

Benefits for Early Detection tests for Cancer*

Mammogram
Regular Price
₡29,120
Benefit
40%
You Pay
₡17,472
Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Regular Price
₡85,800
Benefit
10%
You Pay
₡77,220
Breast Ultrasound
Regular Price
₡41,080
Benefit
40%
You Pay
₡24.648
Thyroid Ultrasound
Regular Price
₡56,680
Benefit
40%
You Pay
₡34,008
Colonoscopy
Regular Price
₡196,560
Benefit
10%
You Pay
₡176.904
Specific Prostate Antigen
Regular Price
₡21,840
Benefit
50%
You Pay
₡10,920

* The prices shown include "IVA". Also, remember if you pay your medical appointment with a credit or debit card, the "IVA" will be refunded.

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** The price of OncoSmart is billed monthly and is per person. Restrictions may apply, and prices are subject to change without prior notice.