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Breast Cancer:

• Women 45-54 should have yearly mammograms
• Women 55 and older may switch to mammograms every 2 years
• Some women, because of their family history, genetic factors, or certain other conditions, should be screened with breast MRIs along with their mammograms

Lung Cancer:

Screening with a low dose CT of the chest may be right for you if you:

  • have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years and are either still smoking or have quit within the last 15 years
  • are 55-74 years old

Colon Cancer:

• All men and women, starting at age 45, should have a colonoscopy every 10 years

Prostate Cancer:

  • All men, beginning at age 50, should discuss screenings with their health professional
  • All African American men, or those who have had a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 65, should have this discussion beginning at age 45

Cervical and Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer:

  • Girls ages 11-12 should receive the HPV vaccination
  • Women ages 21-29 should have a pap test every 3 years
  • Women ages 30-65 should have a pap test plus an HPV test every 5 years
  • Women ages 65 and older with normal test results over a 10 year period no longer need testing. Women with a history of pre-cancer should continue to be tested for at least 20 years after the diagnosis of pre-cancer
  • Menopausal women should report any unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting to their physician

Reduce Your Cancer Risk:

  • All boys ages 11-12 should receive the HPV vaccination
  • Stay away from all forms of tobacco
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy weight
  • Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests
  • Know yourself, your family history, and your risks


• These are general guidelines recommended by the American Cancer Society. Everyone should talk to his/her physician about the best screening options for him/her.