Prevention & Early Detection
Early detection of cancer is often the key to successful treatment. By undergoing regular screenings and learning your risks, you can better protect yourself.
These risk factors are associated with most types of cancer and can affect your chances of developing the disease:
- Family history of cancer
- Alcohol use
You can reduce your cancer risks by:
- Adopting healthy eating habits
- Making good lifestyle choices
- Being physically active
- Undergoing routine health exams
- Developing a strong relationship with a primary care doctor
Screenings can help detect cancer early and improve the chances of treating it successfully.
- Breast Cancer: Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every year. Women should also conduct regular self-breast exams. The REX Breast Care Center offers 3D and digital mammograms for women who need to schedule an annual screening. You can schedule your appointment online.
- Cervical Cancer: Women age 20 to 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women age 30 and older should have a Pap test and HPV test every five years.
- Colorectal Cancer: At age 50, men and women should talk with their doctor about colonoscopy screenings.
- Prostate Cancer: Men should talk with their primary care doctor about screening options, including tests to measure PSA levels.
- Lung Cancer: If you're a smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years, you may qualify for a lung cancer screening. Talk with your doctor about your options.
- Skin Cancer: In addition to regular skin exams by your doctor, it is important to conduct self-skin exams once a month to check for changes in your skin.
If you do not have a primary care doctor, you can search for one online or call 919-784-4490.