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Cancer screenings

Stay informed on Medical City Healthcare's screening recommendations for different types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, cervical and skin cancers.

Breast cancer

  • Age 20+: Monthly Breast self-exams
  • Age 20-30: Every 3 years - Breast exam by your physician or practitioner
  • Age 40+: Consult MD Annually - Mammogram and breast exam by your physician or practitioner

Calculate your breast cancer risk by visiting: National Cancer Institute

Women should talk with their physicians regularly starting as early as age 25 about their individualized risk for breast cancer, as higher risk women may benefit from genetic counseling or early screening.

Cervical cancer

  • Age 21-29: Every 3 years - Pap test
  • Age 20-30: Every 5 years - Pap test and HPV test
  • Age 65+: Stop testing - Women with normal history should stop testing*

*Women with an abnormal diagnosis should be tested for 20 years following the result, even if testing continues past age 65. A woman whose uterus and cervix have been removed for non-cervical cancer reasons, and who has no history of cervical or precervical cancer, should not be tested.

Colorectal cancer

  • Age 45+: Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or a colonoscopy every 10 years

*Dependent on your risk, there are alternative tests. Consult with your physician for more information.

Lung cancer

  • Age 55-74: Low-Dose CT Scan

Current smokers or those who have quit within the past 15 years and who have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history

30 pack-year equivalent - 1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years

Skin cancer

  • Age 20+: Regular full body skin self-exams and skin exams by your doctor

*Those at high risk for skin cancer include those with reduced immunity, personal history of skin cancer and a strong family history of skin cancer.