The Big Screens
USE THESE GUIDELINES TO PLAN WHEN TO TEST FOR WHAT
Cancer type: Breast Mammogram every year, starting from age 40. Every month at the same time, do a breast selfexamination following your menstrual cycle from age 20.
Cancer type: Thyroid People who have a first-degree relative with thyroid cancer are at high risk and should talk to their doc about genetic testing or regular ultrasounds, as no routine screening exists.
Cancer type: Cervical Over 25? Have a Pap smear every three years (although always discuss with your doctor how often you need to be tested). You can be screened before then, to check for abnormalities, if you’re between the ages of 18 and 20 and are sexually active. At age 30, a Pap smear can be combined with HPV testing every five years (an abnormal result may warrant a repeat Pap).
Cancer type: Colon Starting at age 50, women at average risk (no family history or personal history of inflammatory bowel disease) should have either a colonoscopy every 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy (it examines your colon or intestine using a flexible tube) every five years or an annual stool test.
Cancer type: Melanoma Regular skin checks are important, as are getting your moles mapped with a Dermascope – a machine that images and tracks lesions on the skin.