5 Cancer Screenings You Should Have This Year

5 Cancer Screenings You Should Have This Year

by Posted on: January 31, 2018Categories: LiveWell 24/7   


It’s the beginning of another year, so while you are focusing on healthy resolutions, add another to your list: cancer screening. Screening is the checking of your body for cancer before you have symptoms. Regular screening can allow early detection of cancers such as breast, cervical, skin and colon cancers, enabling early and more effective treatment. Check out these recommendations on at what age and how often you should be screened for various types of cancers.

1. Breast Cancer: Mammograms are the best way to identify breast cancer early, allowing easier treatment. Women should begin mammograms around the age of 50, and return every 2 years. Women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer should discuss earlier screenings with their doctor.

2. Cervical Cancer: A Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, or cell changes in the cervix that could develop into cervical cancer. Women should begin this screening at the age of 21, and receive a test every 1-3 years as directed by a doctor.

3. Colon Cancer: Colorectal (or colon) cancer develops from precancerous polyps (or abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Both men and women should begin receiving a colonoscopy at the age of 50, and get screened every 10 years.

4. Prostate Cancer: Men should be screened for prostate cancer if they are experiencing symptoms including pain in the bones or while urinating.

5. Skin Cancer: Skin cancer screening is recommended for those with a personal or family history of the cancer, or if suspicious moles or spots are identified.

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