Cervical cancer can be prevented by having your pap test as precancerous lesions can be treated and cured before they turn into cancer. Starting at age 21 women should have a cervical exam – aka your pap test. This test should typical be repeated every three years. Starting at age 30, a test for HPV may be combined with your pap test. Women age 30 and older may considering having their pap test every five years when combined with testing for HPV. If you have certain risk factors, your physician may recommend more frequent screening. Have a conversation with your physician to determine what is most appropriate for you.
- Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women (aside from cancers of the skin).
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in women.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- While guidelines vary, women should consider having their mammogram starting at age 40. Have a conversation with your physician to determine what is most appropriate for you.
Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women. Starting at age 50, women of average risk need to have a colonoscopy. Women with a family history may need to start sooner. Colonoscopies can actually prevent colorectal cancer by removing precancerous polyps during the procedure. Get screened. Woman up!
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women. Lung cancer will account for 1 in 4 cancer-related deaths. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke. If you do smoke, reduce your risk of a cancer diagnosis by quitting today. We have a free Quit Tobacco program offered monthly to help you give tobacco the boot.
If you have a significant smoking history, you may qualify for our low-cost Lung Screening Program. Be sure to check it out – our program could literally save your life.
HPV can cause a number of cancers, including cervical cancer, male reproductive cancer and head and neck cancers. Here’s the good news, HPV is very preventable through a very safe and effective vaccine. Its recommended that all girls and boys ages 11 or 12 years of age get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor about vaccinating your kiddos. You may want to start as early as nine years of age. Young men can be vaccinated through age 21 and young women though age 26. Be the Mom. Get your kids vaccinated. Woman up!