Keep cancer in check by knowing your risk factors, getting regular screenings and watching for common warning signs.

You can also reduce your risk by avoiding all tobacco use, protecting yourself from the sun, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages. It's also important to have a primary care provider, who is a partner in your health care. If you don't have one, search our Find a Physician directory to find the provider who's right for you. 

Cancer Detection

Finding cancer early may save your life. Early detection of cancer - finding it before it spreads - gives you the best chance of successful treatment. Screenings help us discover many types of cancer at the earliest possible stage.

The American Cancer Society recommends a cancer-related checkup every three years, starting at age 20, for people without any signs or symptoms of cancer. Beginning at age 40, you should have a cancer-related checkup every year. These screening guidelines are based on age and are for people at an average risk. They may differ if you have a high risk. Talk to your doctor to know which screenings are right for you.

To schedule a screening, talk to your physician or give us a call.

Recommended Screenings by Age

A young man is talking on his cell phone.

Ages 20-39

  • Breast cancer screening (women) 
  • Cervical cancer screening (women) 
  • Oral cancer screening 
  • Skin cancer screening 
  • Testicular cancer screening (men)
A woman in her 40's is doing yoga.

Ages 40 - 49

  • Breast cancer screening including mammogram (women) 
  • Cervical cancer screening (women) 
  • Oral cancer screening 
  • Skin cancer screening 
  • Testicular cancer screening (men) 
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Ages 50 and Beyond

  • Breast cancer screening including mammogram (women) 
  • Cervical cancer screening (women) 
  • Colorectal cancer screening 
  • Oral cancer screening 
  • Prostate cancer screening (men) 
  • Skin cancer screening 
  • Testicular cancer screening (men)

Breast Cancer Screenings

A clinical breast exam is recommended every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40. Women are also encouraged to conduct monthly self-exams and report any changes to their health care provider. 

Cervical Cancer Screenings

Women should begin cervical cancer screenings at age 21. Pap tests are recommended every three years until age 30. Women ages 30-65 who have had regular screenings with normal Pap results should have a Pap test combined with an HPV test every five years, or a Pap test alone every three years. Women over 65 who have had a regular screening in the previous 10 years with no issues should stop cervical cancer screening.  

Colorectal Cancer Screenings 

Starting at age 50, both men and women should have one of the following: a fecal occult blood test annually, a sigmoidoscopy every five years or a colonoscopy every ten years.  

Oral Cancer Screenings

Regular dental checkups are recommended to check the health of the gums, tongue and mouth.  

Prostate Cancer Screenings

An annual rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test can be used to screen all men beginning at age 50. Men are encouraged to have a discussion with their healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of screening so that an informed decision can be made.  

Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer can often be found early by noticing changes in moles, blemishes, freckles and other marks on your skin. Men and women should conduct self-exams monthly and report any concerns to a physician. A physician exam is recommended every three years until age 40 and annually for those 40 and older.  

Testicular Cancer Screenings

Most experts agree that a genital exam should be part of a routine general physical exam. Men are also encouraged to conduct monthly self-exams to detect any lumps.