Cancer is most easily beaten when diagnosed
early. Your commitment to regular check ups with your primary care
doctor and recommended annual screenings, is the first step toward
A screening is a test that checks for early
signs of cancer. Annual screenings are recommended for the prevention
of the following cancers:
Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women
over the age of 40. If you are at increased risk for breast cancer,
you should talk with your doctor about the benefits of starting mammography
screening at an earlier age.
The American Cancer Society recommends that
women should begin annual Pap test screening at the age of 18 or
when they become sexually active, whichever happens first.
The American Cancer Society recommends an annual
digital rectal examination for men and women over the age of 40,
as well as an annual Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). A sigmoidoscopy
is recommended for men and women over the age of 50 every three to
The American Cancer Society and the American
Urological Association recommend an annual prostate screening for
men over the age of 50. African-American men and all men with a family
history of prostate cancer should consider screening annually beginning
at age 40.