Cancer Screening Timeline
If you knew you could prevent cancer from happening, wouldn’t you?
Cancer screenings for men and women are a highly recommended type of preventive health care. Factors such as age, gender, pre-existing conditions, and family medical history are all considered when the time comes to decide if a cancer screening is required.
Knowing how, why, and when to take preventive health measures can save your life — especially when it comes to cancer. Horizon services include cancer screenings to prevent the worst-case scenario. The sooner you know if you need treatment, the better your chances of finding a cure.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings:
Get checked out or ask your doctor about screenings if the following applies to you:
- If you’re between the ages of 45-75 — even if you consider yourself to be in good health.
- If you have an increased risk due to a family history of colorectal cancer.
- If you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or another inflammatory bowel disease.
For adults 76-85, it’s recommended a doctor decides if colorectal cancer screenings should continue.
Cervical Cancer Screenings:
- Women ages 21-29 should receive a cervical cytology screening every three years.
- Women ages 30-65 should receive a cervical cytology screening every three years and/or high-risk HPV testing every five years.
- Women older than 65 do not need to be screened if you have had several years of normal screening tests done, or if you had your cervix removed with a total hysterectomy.
Breast Cancer Screenings:
Get a breast cancer screening if the following applies to you:
- If you’re between the ages of 50-74
- If there is a history of breast cancer in your family medical history
After a breast cancer screening, your doctor will determine if a mammogram is required.
Skin Cancer Screenings:
Anyone can contract skin cancer. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer cells known as melanoma, basal, and squamous to develop. Melanoma cells are the most dangerous and spread the easiest.
The following characteristics can increase the likelihood of skin cancer:
- Light skin color, eye color, or hair color
- Skin that easily burns or freckles
- A large amount of moles
- Family medical history of skin cancer
Skin cancer screenings start with a visual exam for skin peculiarities. Common signs of skin cancer can appear as a new growth, a wound that doesn’t heal, or an unusual change to a mole.
Schedule a cancer screening with your Horizon provider today: https://www.horizonhealthcare.org/locations/