Depending on your age, sex, family history and risk factors, here are a few cancer screenings that you can talk about with your healthcare provider.
- All women who are 50-74 years old and who are at average risk for breast cancer are recommended to get a mammogram every two years.2
- Since 1989, deaths from breast cancer have declined 36 percent, due in big part to preventive screening.1
- People who are 50-75 years old are recommended to undergo regular screening by colonoscopy or stool-sample tests.2
- More than 30,000 lives are saved each year as a result of screenings for colorectal cancer.3
- Women who are 21-65 years old are recommended to have a Pap test every three years.2
- Combining a Pap test with one for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes nearly all cervical cancers, can extend the time between screenings to every five years.2
- Cervical cancer screening has reduced deaths by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years.4
- For some people who are 55-80 years old and have a history of smoking, screening for lung cancer is recommended every year.2
- Screening can reduce deaths from lung cancer by approximately 20 percent.2
- You and your doctor may screen for skin cancer by looking for abnormal moles and spots on your skin.2
- If you have risk factors for skin cancer – including a past history of sunburns, family history of skin cancer, or if you use tanning beds regularly – it’s important to talk with your doctor.2
Find out more about cancer screening by visiting the website for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts.