Cancer

Cancer comes in many forms.

Breast and Ovarian

  • Ask your doctor to help you get tested for breast cancer with mammograms or genetic testing
  • Talk with a doctor if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family

Cervical

  • Get your child the HPV vaccine (All pre-teens need to get the HPV vaccine)
  • Get tested for cervical cancer by getting regular screening tests (called pap tests or pap smears)

Colorectal

  • Get tested for colorectal cancer during a visit to the doctor for a special exam (called a screening).
  • Some tests are done every 1 to 2 years. Other tests are done every 5 to 10 years. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you and how often to get screened.

Lung

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.
  • Most people who develop lung cancer (more than 8 in 10) get it from smoking. If you currently smoke, the best way to lower your risk of lung cancer is to quit.
  • Your doctor may suggest that you get screened once a year with low-dose computed tomography

Prostate

  • Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that mostly affects older men.
  • Screening for prostate cancer isn’t recommended because the risks of screening and treatment outweigh the benefits.

Skin

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet (UV) rays.  To protect your skin from the sun:

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and use sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Cover up with long sleeves, long pants or a skirt, a hat, and sunglasses and avoid indoor tanning