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Cancer Prevention

Under Age 40 (Cancer-related checkup every 3 years)

Should include the procedures listed below plus health counseling (such as tips on quitting tobacco use) and examinations for cancers of the thyroid, testicles, mouth, ovaries, skin, and lymph nodes.

* Some people are at higher risk for certain cancers and may need to have tests more frequently.

Breast

Exam by a health professional every 3 years, age 20 and over.

Self-exam every month, age 20 and over.

Uterus

Pelvic exam every 1-3 years with Pap test, age 18 and over.

Pap test: all women who are, or have been sexually active, or have reached age 18, should have an annual Pap test and pelvic examination. After three or more consecutive examinations with normal findings, the Pap test may be preformed less frequently at the discretion of her physician.

Age 40 & Over (Cancer-related checkup every year)

Should include the procedures listed below plus health counseling (such as tips on quitting tobacco use) and examinations for cancers of the thyroid, mouth, ovaries, skin, and lymph nodes.

* Some people are at higher risk for certain cancers and may need to have tests more frequently.

Breast

Exam by a health care professional every year.

Self-exam every month.

Screening mammogram (breast x-ray) at age 40. Every 1-2 years, ages 40-49. Every year, age 50 and over.

Uterus

Pelvic exam every year.

Pap test: all women who are, or have been sexually active, or have reached age 18, should have an annual Pap test and pelvic examination. After three or more consecutive examinations with normal findings, the Pap test may be preformed less frequently at the discretion of her physician.

Endometrial tissue sample at menopause, if at high risk.

Colon and Rectum

Digital rectal exam every year.

Fecal occult blood test every year after age 50.

Sigmoidoscopy, preferably flexible, every 3-5 years after age 50.

Prostate

Digital rectal exam, age 50 and over, every year.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, age 50 and over, every year.

Remember, these guidelines are not rules and apply only to people without symptoms.

Lung

55 to 74 years of age.

In good health.

Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history AND are either still smoking or have quit within the last 15 years (A pack-year is the number of cigarette packs smoked each day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked. Someone who smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years has a 30 pack-year smoking history, as does someone who smoked two packs a day for 15 years.)

Screening is done with an annual low-dose CT scan (LDCT) of the chest.