Cancer Screening... should I get it?

Breast Cancer

Recommendation

  • Women ages starting at age 40: annual screenings with mammography.
  • If family history of a relative diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40, begin screenings earlier.
  • Continue screening as long as woman is in good health
  • Women should become familiar with how their breast look and feel, and report any changes to health care provider right away

Getting screened early can save lives!!

Almost 100% of people diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage are alive 5 years later

Cervical Cancer

A normal cell in the cervix becomes abnormal and cancerous.  It usually takes 3–7 years for noticeable changes in cervical cells to become cancer.

Recommendation

Screening for cervical cancer in ALL women age 21 to 65 years with a Pap smear every 3 years.  Or, for women age 30-65 years, the Pap smear can be combined with the HPV testing every 5 years.

Get screened early and often!

So you can catch the abnormal cells and treat them before they turn into cancer!

Colorectal Cancer

Signs & Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

  • Change in your bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or change in the consistency of stool) that lasts longer than four weeks
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas, or pain)
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Feeling that bowel does not empty completely

Recommendation

  • Begin screening at age 50 or for people with average risk
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year (Test you perform in the comfort of your home)

Finding cancer early, when it’s small and hasn’t spread, often allows for more treatment options.

Get Screened Today!!

For an appointment with a Center for Family Health Women’s Health doctor to get screened for these cancers!