Preventive screenings

A simple screening can save your life
Preventive screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. 

For women

Breast

  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram each year.
  • Clinical breast exams and self exams should start at age 20. Report any changes to your healthcare provider.

Cervix

  • Women age 21 and older should have a Pap smear every 2 years until age 30. After 3 negative tests in a row, this test can be done every 3 years.
  • Factors that increase risk of cervical cancer include:
    • Having more than 1 sex partner
    • Having sex for the first time at a young age
    • Using birth control pills
    • Smoking

For men

Prostate

  • Men age 50 and older should have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam every year.
  • You may be at higher risk if:
    • You are African American
    • Your father or brother had prostate cancer before age 65
    • You are age 50 or older
  • Talk to your doctor about the best timing and screening tool for you.

For men and women

Colon  

  • Have your first colonoscopy at age 50 and then once every 10 years. Or - have a flexible sigmoidoscopy (SIG-moyd-AH-skah-pee) every 5 years with annual stool samples.
  • Screening should begin sooner if there is a family history of colon cancer.

Skin

  • Make skin checks part of your routine. Get to know your moles and other spots/bumps. Changes in their number, size, shape, color and texture could be signs of cancer. Watch for newly crusted or scaly areas that persist or bleed. Talk to your healthcare provider if you notice any changes.

Have regular checkups. Perform monthly self-exams. Know your body. Be aware of changes. Call your primary care provider if you have questions or need to schedule an office visit. If you do not have a provider, call (608) 775-0601 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 50601. We will help you find one.

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