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Women's Cancer Screening Checklist

July 30, 2015

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This checklist lets you know which cancer screening tests we recommend most highly. There are several screening options to choose for convenience, cost or accessibility. Find your age below and find the tests you should schedule.

You may be at increased risk because of family history, your personal medical history, lifestyle and environmental factors. If you are at increased risk for cancer, you may need a diagnostic testing plan established by a doctor. 

Find a complete list of screenings available at Moffitt.

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 checkups with 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 checkups 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 checkups 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 ten years
  • Periodic cancer-related checkups 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 ten years
  • Periodic cancer-related checkups 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 every ten years
  • Periodic cancer-related checkups with lifestyle counseling and exams for cancer of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes and ovaries.

There is no specific age at which cancer screening stops. For older women, especially those in poor health, the benefits of cancer screening are less certain. Women who are age 70 and older should discuss cancer screening with their doctor and make a decision based on their overall health and previous screening history.

 

To learn more about your risk of developing cancer, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete an online form.