Cancer screening tests are intended to find cancer before it causes symptoms and when it could be easier for it to be treated successfully. Know them and consult with your doctor about your family history and when you should do them.
COLONOSCOPY AND SIGMOIDOSCOPY
Can detect abnormal growths in the colon (polyps) that can be removed before they become cancerous.
Reduces breast cancer mortality among women aged 40 to 74, especially those in their 50s.
PAP TEST AND TESTS FOR HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
Allows abnormal cells to be detected for treatment before they become cancerous.
LOW-DOSE SPIRAL COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
Reduces lung cancer mortality among heavy smokers from 55 to 74 years.