Cancer Screening and Early Detection

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Preventive Care

Early detection of cancer increases the chances for successful treatment. This is why it is important to follow recommended screening guidelines.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends the following screening frequencies for breast cancer, cervical cancer and more.

Breast cancer: The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women 50-74 years.

Cervical cancer: The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every three years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, every three years with cervical cytology alone, every five years with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing alone, or every five years with hrHPV testing in combination with cytology (cotesting).

Colon cancer: Screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy in adults at average risk should start at age 50 years and continue until age 75 years.

To see more cancer screening recommendations, visit the official USPSTF website.

You can help reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices like eating right, staying active, limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking.

Click here for some more tips to help you make positive changes.