Screenings for Cancers

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  • Self Examination

    Self Examination
    Do self examinations starting in 20's. Women should know how to examine theirselves by feel and by look of their breast. This can help young women protect their bodies from breast cancer. This is performed on one's own time at home to feel breasts for lumps or signs of abnormalities. Self examinations are recommended once or twice a year.
  • Cervical Cancer Screening

    Cervical Cancer Screening
    Women should be screened for cervical cancer by 3 years after vaginal intercourse or by age 21. By then, the woman should have a yearly Pap test. A health care professional will perform this test by inserting a type of Q-tip to extract samples from the uterus. This is then tested for cervical cancer and can prevent the stages from worsening.
  • Clinical Breast Examination

    Clinical Breast Examination
    Clinical Breast Examination is an examination of the breast to search for lumps in the breast. This screening is done by a health professional. First the patient will sit upright and the health care professional will observe the breast and search for any noticable abnormalities such as lumps, dimplings, and/or nipple retraction. Then the doctor will palpitate the breast in different positions to feel for lumps. These examinations should take place every 2-3 years.
  • HPV- Human Papilloma Virus

    The screening for HPV is a Pap test like cervical cancer screening only in a woman's 30's. This screening should be taken every 2-3 years.
  • Mammogram

    A mammography is a noninvasive technique to screen for breast cancer. It is a low dose of x-ray to examine the tissues in the breast. This examination should be done once or more a year by the age of 40 and up.
  • Endometrial Cancer Screening

    Endometrial Cancer Screening
    There is no standard or routine screening test for endometrial cancer. It is still in research but Pap smears and self visual examination can prevent endometrial cancer from developing into fatal stages and find abnormal endometrium. Women at the time of menopause should be aware of this cancer and report any bleeding or spotting.
  • Colonoscopy

    By the age of 50, both men and women should be recieving some kind of testing for colon cancer and polyps. There are several different techniques such as Flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or a CT colonography. A colonoscopy is a visual examination of the colon with a scope through the buttom up to the colon, to detect cancer. This should be done every ten years and this will prevent colon cancer.
  • Stool DNA Test

    Stool DNA Test
    This test is performed by taking samples of DNA from your stool to test for colon cancer. This should be performed yearly by a medical physician and the lab results will return with normal or abnormalities.
  • Pap Tests Stop

    The pap tests to detect cervical cancer is the woman has had the biannual pap test and the results come clean. The woman will no longer have to worry about the chances of her having cervical cancer. By the age of 70 they can stop, if they have been healthy pap test wise for the past 40 years.