• Cancer Screening

    Even if you don’t have cancer, you should be thinking about cancer screening. These routine checks look for cancer symptoms or conditions that could become cancer in your body. Cancer screening helps identify cancer at the earliest stage, when there are more treatment options available and treatment is more likely to be successful.

    Types of Cancer Screening

    Cancer screening involves a combination of self-exams, physician exams and medical tests. Your cancer screening may include:

    • Annual physical exam and medical history with your doctor
    • Genetic testing
    • Imaging tests (x-ray, MRI, Mammogram)
    • Laboratory blood tests
    • Other tests, such as colonoscopy or mammography

    Know your body and report any unusual symptoms to your doctor as soon as you notice them.

    Screening Guidelines

    Cancer screening guidelines and recommendations are for people at average risk for developing cancer. Some cancer screening tests have been shown to detect cancer early and reduce cancer-related deaths. These include screenings for:

    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Breast Cancer
    • Cervical Cancer
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    Other screening tests offer early detection for earlier treatment, but may not reduce your risk of cancer-related death.

    Talk to your doctor about what types of cancer screening are right for you and when you should be screened. Screening tests have many benefits, but there may also be side effects from inappropriate or over-screening.

    American Cancer Society Cancer Screening Guidelines

    U.S. Preventive Service Taskforce Screening Recommendations

    Download a Printable CDC Cancer Screening Cheat Sheet for Women

    Download a Printable CDC Cancer Screening Cheat Sheet for Men