Some cancers can be detected early through preventative screenings. If cancer is detected early enough, the chances of survival increase greatly. Below are some of the American Cancer Society Guidelines for Detection of Early Cancer.
- Yearly mammograms or breast cancer screenings starting at age 40
- Clinical breast exam every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s
- Performing breast self-exams to detect any changes in the breasts
- Colon cancer screenings (colonoscopy) beginning at age 50
- Yearly cervical cancer screenings beginning at age 21 in women
- Pap test every 3 years for women age 21-29
- Pap test and HPV test for women age 30-65
- Prostate cancer screenings beginning at age 50 in men
Ways to Prevent or Lower Your Risk of Cancer
The following are ways to reduce your risk of getting cancer. Please note some cancers are hereditary and may not be preventable.
- Don’t use tobacco or tobacco products
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly (30 min/day)
- Eat healthy
- Limit alcohol use
- Protect your skin (wear sunscreen)
- Get regular check-ups
- Get cancer screening tests
For more information on our Cancer Center or to schedule an appointment, contact Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.