What cancers can you be screened for, at what age and how often?
Listed are cancers for which you can get screened and recommendations for at what age and how often you should be screened.
Breast cancer — Get a clinical breast exam during your annual visit to check for changes or lumps, and also get a mammogram. Woman in their 50s and older should have a screening every one to two years.
Cervical cancer — Get a Pap test yearly. For women over age 65, check with your doctor for how often such a test is needed.
Colorectal cancer — Get a colonoscopy every 10 years. It is also recommended to get a sigmoidoscopy test every five years and, between the ages of 50 and 60, get a fecal occult blood test every one to two years.
Mouth and throat cancer — Get an annual oral exam.
Skin cancer — Get a routine skin exam at all ages.
Prostate cancer — Get a digital rectal exam and prostate specific antigen test annually starting at age 40.
For more information, visit cancerservices.org, call (225) 927-2273 or visit Cancer Services, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.
This column is presented as a service by Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, a United Way affiliate.