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Cancer Screening: Who Should Get Them and When

Screening can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early, before they cause symptoms, while they’re small and before they have spread. Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. The table below provides information on cancer screening test recommendations by age and gender:

Men and women age 40 and older Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and Colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer
Men and women age 40 and older Digital rectal examination (DRE) and Sigmoidoscopy to screen for recto-sigmoid colon cancer
Men age 50 and older Digital rectal examination (DRE) to screen for prostate cancer
Women who are sexually active Pap test to screen for uterine/cervix cancer

  • First Pap test should be done 3 years after the woman’s first vaginal intercourse
  • Succeeding Pap tests every year for 3 years
  • If Pap test is negative for the 3 consecutive years, repeat Pap test every two or three years.
Women who have never been sexually active Pap test to screen for uterine/cervix cancer at age 35
Women age 50 and older Mammography to screen for breast cancer
Women age 25 and older Monthly breast self-examination (BSE) and annual clinical breast examination (CBE) to screen for breast cancer
Men and women age 55 and older who are heavy smokers, either an active or former smoker who quit within the past 15 years Annual low-dose CT scan to screen for early lung cancer

 

Talk to your doctor about how often you should undergo these cancer screening tests and other screening tests, if necessary, depending on your risk profile.

 

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References:
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/screening. Accessed 30 November 2019
https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/screening-recommendations-by-age.html. Accessed 30 November 2019
http://www.philcancer.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/pcsi-secondary-cancer-prevention-guidelines-2011-pdf.pdf. Accessed 30 November 2019
https://www.doh.gov.ph/Health-Advisory/Uterine-Cervix-Cancer. Accessed 30 November 2019

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