Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Cancer Screening Saves Lives

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The American Cancer Society recommends screening for certain types of cancer at different ages. Keep reading to see when you should start getting routine cancer screenings for various cancers.

Screening Recommendations

These recommendations are for people at average risk for certain cancers. Talk to a doctor about which tests you might need and the screening schedule that’s right for you. It’s a good idea to also talk about risk factors, such as lifestyle behaviors and family history that may put you or your loved one at higher risk.

Age 25-39

Cervical cancer: It’s recommended women start screening for cervical cancer at age 25.

Age 40-49

Breast cancer: It’s recommended women start screening at age 40.

Cervical cancer: It’s recommended women continue to be screened for cervical cancer.

Colorectal cancer: It’s recommended for everyone to start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45.

Prostate cancer: It’s recommended African American men discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor starting at age 45.

Age 50+

Breast cancer: It’s recommended women continue to be screened for breast cancer.

Cervical cancer: It’s recommended women continue to be screened for cervical cancer.

Colorectal cancer: It’s recommended everyone continue to be screened for colorectal cancer.

Lung cancer: It’s recommended individuals who currently smoke or formerly smoked should discuss lung cancer screening with their doctor.

Prostate cancer: It’s recommended men discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor.

Questions to Ask a Doctor

  • What cancer screening tests are recommended for someone my age?
  • How often should I get screened?
  • Where can I go to get screened?
  • How do I schedule my screening tests?
  • Will my screening tests (or other costs) be covered by my health insurance?
  • What will the screening tests cost if they are not covered by insurance?

Cancer Screening Conversation Starters

  • I care about you and your health. Are you getting regular cancer screening tests?
  • Did you know there are tests that can catch changes in your body before they become cancer?
  • My breast/colorectal/cervical cancer screening is coming up. Have you scheduled yours yet?
  • Regular screening is important. Is there anything I can help you get screened, like get information, schedule an appointment, or help with childcare or transportation?

Questions About Screening?

Talk to your primary care provider about cancer screenings you qualify for. For more information about all services available at the Nassif Community Cancer Center, call (319) 558-4876.

Article source: American Cancer Society

 

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