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If you’ve been putting off cancer screenings, here’s your guide to catching up


Cancer screening tests were put off by many while we stayed safer at home. Delays of just a few months in detecting various forms of cancer can make treatment more difficult and reduce chances of survival.

Here’s a guide to cancer screening tests and who should get checked when. Breast cancer

Mammogram — an X-ray of the breast — is often the most effective way of spotting breast cancer early when treatment can be more than 90% successful. Mammograms expose you to low-dose radiation, and for most people in the following age ranges, the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks of radiation exposure. Women age 50 to 74 and at average risk: Every two years, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Women age 45 to 54 and at average risk: Annually, according to the American Cancer Society.

Those at high risk of breast cancer because of family history or their own medical history may start screening before age 40 in consultation with their health care provider.

Cervical cancer Pap smears look for precancerous cells that can develop into cancer without treatment. The HPV test looks for the human papillomavirus that can trigger the cells to develop […]

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