Recommended cancer screening tests
20-65 years old
Get annual check-ups that include discussions of tobacco use, sun exposure, diet and nutrition, disease risk factors, sexual practices and any exposure to dangerous substances at work or at home. Find out if you have a high risk of colon cancer because of family history, genetic disorders or other factors.
Get a clinical breast exam by a doctor or nurse every three years, then yearly beginning at age 40. Report any changes in the way your breasts look or feel to a doctor or nurse right away. Find out if you are at higher than average risk for breast cancer.
Get a Pap test and HPV done every three years until age 30, then every five years.
40-49 years old
Talk with a doctor about the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of prostate cancer testing starting at age 45. Men with more than one close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65 should talk with a doctor about testing starting at age 40.
Get annual mammograms starting at age 40.
50-65+ years old
At age 55, talk to a doctor about your smoking history and about a low- dose CT scan to screen for early lung cancer. Get colon cancer tested starting at age 50 if you’re at high risk and talk with a doctor about testing for prostate cancer if you’re at average risk.
Start getting colon cancer tested at age 50, if you’re at average risk.