Giving Mom the Gift of Health
Along with giving Mother's Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat.
- Women age 40 and older should get mammograms each year and continue to do so as long as they are in good health.
- Women should start screening at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of colon or rectal cancer or colon problems that raise their risk.
- There are several different tests that screen for colon and rectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should start and which tests might be right for you.
- At the time of menopause, all women should be told about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer and strongly encouraged to report any vaginal bleeding, discharge, or spotting to their doctor.
- Women ages 55 to 74 who are or were heavy smokers should talk to a doctor about whether a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer is right for them.
- All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21.
- Women over age 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened for cervical cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer or pre-cancer should continue to be screened according to the recommendations of a doctor.
- Be aware of all moles and spots on your skin, and report any changes to a doctor right away. Have a skin exam done during your regular health check-ups.
To read the full article from The American Cancer Society, click HERE