You should visit your health care provider from time to time, even if you are healthy. These types of screenings can help you assess your risk for future medical issues and helps you get to know your provider in case of illness.
CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING
Cervical cancer screening should start at age 21.
Women ages 30 through 65 should be screened with either a Pap test every 3 years or the HPV test every 5 years.
Women ages 65 through 70 can stop having Pap tests as long as they have had 3 normal tests within the past 10 years.
Women who have been treated for pre-cancer (cervical dysplasia) should continue to have Pap tests for 20 years after treatment or until age 65, whichever is longer.
If you have had your uterus and cervix removed (total hysterectomy), and you have not been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you do not need to have Pap smears.
SKIN CANCER SCREENING
Your provider may check your skin for signs of skin cancer, especially if you’re at high risk.
COLON CANCER SCREENING
If you are under age 45, talk to your provider about getting screened. You should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps.
If you are age 45 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening tests available.
You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer.