Per­cent­age of San­lam’s dread dis­ease claims paid for women in 2015 that was for can­cer. Of th­ese, 32 per­cent was for breast can­cer and seven per­cent for melanoma.

Women's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

Catch It Early

The ear­lier your di­ag­no­sis, the bet­ter your chances of suc­cess­ful treat­ment – use this screen­ing guide­line for the five most com­mon can­cers in women

1. BREAST Ev­ery month: Check your breasts for un­fa­mil­iar lumps, dim­pling or other changes. Ev­ery year: Have a mam­mo­gram if you’re over the age of 40.

2. CER­VI­CAL Ev­ery three years: Have a Pap smear, even if you’ve had the HPV vac­cine.

3. COL­OREC­TAL Af­ter age 50: Get screened reg­u­larly. Fam­ily his­tory? Ask your doc about start­ing screen­ing ear­lier.

4. KA­POSI SAR­COMA Ev­ery time you have a check-up: Ask your doc to give your skin a once-over – signs of­ten in­clude pur­ple, red or brown skin blotches.

5. ORI­GIN UN­KNOWN If you feel some­thing’s not right: Get it checked out. You know your body and it’s al­ways bet­ter to be safe than sorry.

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