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.
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.