Screening can find cancer before symptoms develop. Screening increases chances of finding cancer at the earliest stage, when it can be treated most effectively. Consult with your doctor to make informed decisions.
- Screening for colorectal cancer: For individuals at average risk, beginning at age 50, screening with either flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and yearly stool testing for hidden blood (FOBT or FIT), or colonoscopy every 10 years following a normal exam.
- Screening for breast cancer: Annual mammogram for women beginning at age 40. Clinical breast exam by your doctor once every 3 years for women younger than 40, and then annually.
- Screening for cervical cancer: Screening with Pap tests every 1-2 years between ages 21 and 29; women age 30 and older who have had 3 consecutive negative Pap tests may be screened every 3 years.
- Screening for prostate cancer: Men over age 50 should discuss benefits and limitations of screening with their doctor.
- Screening for oral cancer: Be sure your dental hygienist gives you a complete exam for oral cancer. Notify your dentist or doctor of any painful areas, bleeding, or lumps/lesions in the mouth.
- Screening for skin cancer: Regularly check your skin and be aware of changes. Make sure your annual checkup includes a full-body check for skin cancer.
Talk with your doctor about what is right for you.