3 Medical Exams That May Save Your Life
There are certain exams that can help detect signs of pre-cancer. Treatment choices are better when such signs are found early.
Here are the three medical exams that may save your life.
A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast tissues. It can help your doctor find abnormal changes or signs of cancer.
- Women 40-49: Ask your doctor when you should have a mammogram.
- Women 50-75: Get a mammogram every one to two years.
High-risk patients: Patients with family histories of breast cancer. These members need a mammogram every year.
2. Cervical Cancer Screen
- Women 21-64: Be sure to get a Pap test every three years.
- Women 30-64: A second test, called the HPV, is encouraged every five years.
High-risk patients: Women with increased or high risk for cervical cancer should be screened yearly.
3. Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Men & Women 50-75: Get tested yearly at home or ask your doctor about colonoscopy.
High-risk patients: Men and women (age 50 and below) with higher risk for colorectal cancer. Ask your doctor how often you need to be screened.
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