If pre-cancerous polyps are removed, colon cancer can be prevented.For people at average risk, the American Cancer Society recommends getting one of the following tests, starting at age 50: * If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be done.But people who don’t smoke can also have lung cancer.
(The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.
Most colon cancers (cancers of the colon or rectum) are found in people age 50 or older.
Women should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.
Some women at high risk for breast cancer – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms.
The Pap test is very good at finding cancer of the cervix, but it’s not a test for endometrial cancer.
The American Cancer Society also recommends that women who have or are likely to have hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) be offered yearly testing with an endometrial biopsy by age 35.
Because of certain factors, some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than others.
But every woman should know about breast cancer and what can be done about it.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime (except for skin cancer).
It can occur at any age, but the risk goes up as you get older.
** The multiple stool take-home method should be used. A colonoscopy should be done if the test is positive.