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Getting Screened for Cancer

Cancer screening and detection is vital. It could save a life.

Checking for cancer symptoms early on and screening for cancer are effective ways to detect any cancers at an early stage.  The earlier a cancer is found, the better it will be treated.  A woman can do a self-examination of her breasts to check for any lumps or irregularities, or a physical exam by a physician can be done as well. 

Lab tests can be performed, such as tissue samples and blood and urine samples to detect for cancer.  Regular screening through Pap tests, where a swab is taken of the cervix as well as pelvic exams, can reduce incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer by 80%.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/cervical/HealthProfessional

Women over the age of 21 and under 60 years old should get pap tests done regularly, every two years from age 21 to 30 and every 3 years after age 30, as long as the results are normal.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/Pap-test

If you are over age 50, you should get a colonoscopy exam, to check for colon cancer.  For more information about the exam you can visit the Centre for Disease Control’s website:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ColorectalAwareness/

If every person over the age of 50 were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from it would be avoided.  Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  Screening tests can detect pre-cancerous polyps as well as colorectal cancer early, which has better odds of successful treatment.

When and which tests should be performed?

  • Colonoscopy (every 10 years).High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT) (every year)

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ColorectalAwareness/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1083.htm

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