Detection of Cancer
Early detection and treatment are key to cancer survival. Routine screenings are intended to identify cancer at an early stage when less aggressive treatments have a greater chance of success. The decision about how often to have screening tests is best made by you and your doctor. Depending upon your individual risk factors your physician may recommend more frequent screening.
Cancer Screening Tests
Mammogram: An annual screening mammogram is recommended beginning at age 40 for women of average risk. Women at higher risk should talk with their physician about beginning screening mammograms sooner.
Cancer of the Cervix/Uterus/Ovaries
Cancer of the Prostate
Cancer of the Colon and Rectum
Everyone over the age of 45 should be routinely screened for colon and rectal cancer. Due to individual risk factors and family history, you should discuss with your physician which tests are appropriate.
There are other forms of cancer that do not have specific screening tests. Consult your physician as soon as possible if you have symptomatic changes in your body that concern you.