Screening tests are used to find cancer before a person develops symptoms. When should you be screened for cancer?
Yearly screening mammogram is recommended for women ages 40 and older. Screening should be continued for as long as the patient is in good health.
Some people, because of a family history or genetic tendency may require additional testing in addition to a mammogram. You should talk to your health care provider about the best screening plan for you.
Some cancers cannot be prevented, but you can help reduce your risk of getting cancer by doing the following:
- Avoid smoking. If you smoke, quit. Stay away from tobacco in all its forms
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat healthy. Make fruits and vegetables a part of your regular diet
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Always wear sunscreen
- Know your family history and cancer risks
- Get regular medical checkups and cancer screenings, as recommended