Women's Comprehensive Cancer Checkups

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AM I AT RISK?

Your risk for some cancers may be increased if you...

  • Are growing older
  • Have two or more relatives on the same side of the family who have had the same type of cancer
  • Are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
  • Have a relative who was diagnosed with cancer before they were 50
  • Have spent many hours in the sun
  • Had one or more severe sunburns before the age of 18
  • Are overweight
  • Current of former use of tobacco products (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigars, pipes)
  • Use alcohol; even in a moderation, may increase the risk of some cancers
  • Are infected with a high-risk type of HPV (human papillomavirus), hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), or H. pylori
  • Have had multiple sex partners

If you are concerned about your risk, please ask about our Cancer Surveillance Clinics.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT CANCER?

  • Live a healthy lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight and waistline
    • Aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week and two days of muscle strengthening per week
    • Eat a plant-based diet selecting most of your food from plant sources (vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans)
    • Avoid foods high in fat, sugar and salt
  • Don't use tobacco products of any kind (cigarettes, chewing, tobacco, snuff, cigars, pipes)
  • Avoid second-hand smoke
  • Protect yourself from the sun when outdoors:
    • Wear SPF 15 or higher with UVA/UVB protection
    • Avoid the sun between peak hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Wear a hat that covers your ears and protects your nose
    • Wear clothes that are dark colored and tightly woven
  • Do not use tanning beds
  • Avoid or limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • If you are age 26 or younger and did not get the three-dose HPV vaccine series, discuss the vaccine with your healthcare provider
  • If you were born between 1945 and 1965, discuss screening for hepatitis C infection with your healthcare provider
  • Know your family's history of cancer
  • Get regular cancer screenings

WHAT SHOULD I WATCH FOR?

If you have any of these warning signs for cancer, contact your health care provider:

  • Change in bathroom habits (bowel or bladder) not related to diet
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or lump in your  breast or other part of your body
  • Having frequent indigestion (heartburn) or frequent difficulty swallowing
  • Pain,pressure or bloating in your abdomen (belly)
  • Persistent pain during sex
  • Change in a wart or mole
  • Any persistent change in color of your skin, mouth, or genital areas
  • Coughing or hoarseness that does not go away
  • Unexplained general fatigue (tiredness)
  • Loss of more than 5-10 pounds without trying
  • Any headache that does not go away or keeps coming back

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