Tests can help find health problems early, when they can be treated more easily and effectively. Your doctor can recommend the most appropriate screenings for you.
Cancer Screening Guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Based on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, both men and women should start colorectal cancer screenings at age 50, and is recommended every 10 years. If you are African American, start at age 45. Repeat screening at intervals determined by type of screening test used, any previous findings and as recommended by your healthcare provider.
The American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that women should begin receiving an annual mammogram starting at 40 years old.
Women aged 40-64 should also receive a cervical cancer screening every five years. This may include HPV testing.
Ages 65 and over
Men and women over the age of 65 should repeat colorectal cancer screening tests every 10 years and as recommended by your healthcare provider.
Females over the age of 65 should receive a mammogram for breast cancer screening at every one to two years through age 74, and should talk with their healthcare provider for the frequency.
Your doctor can help identify your unhealthy lifestyle habits and offer advice on better choices
Speak with your physician for additional guidance.