Women's Cancer Screening Checklist

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This checklist lets you know which cancer screening tests we recommend most highly. you  may visit our website at MOFFITT.org to learn about other options for cancer screening tests, which you may choose for reasons of convenience, cost or accessibility. Find your age below and look to see what tests you should schedule. If you are at increased risk for cancer*, you may need a special program set up by your healthcare provider.

AGE 21-29

  • Pap test every three years. HPV testing should not be used unless there is a history of an abnormal Pap test result.
  • Clinical breast exam every one to three years with breast self-awareness encouraged
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with a lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and ovaries

AGE 30-39

  • Pap smear and HPV testing every five years
  • Clinical breast exam every one to three years with breast-self awareness encouraged
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and ovaries

AGE 40-49

  • Pap smear and HPV testing every five years
  • Mammogram and clinical breast exam every year with breast-self awareness encouraged
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes and ovaries

AGE 50-65

  • Pap smear and HPV testing every five years
  • Mammogram and clinical breast exam every year with breast-self awareness encouraged
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and ovaries

AGE 66-69

  • If you have had regular screening with no history of abnormal pap tests, you may stop being tested for cervical cancer after age 65
  • Mammogram and clinical breast exam every year with breast-self awareness encouraged
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and ovaries

AGE 70 AND OVER**

  • Mammogram and clinical breast exam every year with breast-self awareness encouraged
  • Colonoscopy for 10 years
  • Periodic cancer related check-ups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and ovaries

*You may be at increased risk because of family history, your personal medical history, lifestyle and environmental factors.

**There is no specific age at which cancer screening stops. For older men, however, especially those in poor health, the benefits of cancer screening are less certain. Men 70 years and older should discuss cancer screening with their provider and make an individual decision based on their overall health and previous screening history.

 
 
 
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