Women should be screened for cervical cancer every three years, according to the American Cancer Society. While the life expectancy for women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer is only about five years, most women who are diagnosed with the disease will be able to live a normal life if treated early. Most of us know that regular screenings for cancer are important for all of us, especially for women—especially since breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women and the most deadly. But did you know that screening regularly is even more important for women with certain risk factors?
Women are often hesitant to seek out cancer screenings, fearing that they may just spread more cancer in the world. Well, the truth is that cancer screenings are an important way to monitor your health and potentially catch cancer early when it is more treatable. So, here are the cancer screenings all women need.
Pap Smear for Cervical Cancer
In some cases, cancer is simply not caught early enough. This is especially true for cervical cancer; in almost all cases, the cancer is caught with a regular pap smear tests. In fact, over the past 60 years, pap smear has been the most effective tool in detecting cancer. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of gyno (hysterectomy, hysterectomy, and abortion) and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. This is a scary disease, and it is very preventable–yet some women don’t know about it until the last minute. We wrote this post to inform women about the current status of cervical cancer screening and offer tips to help them take steps to prevent cervical cancer.
Spiral CT for Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and is responsible for about 45,000 deaths each year. Though there are currently some screening methods available, there are no accurate and inexpensive screening methods for lung cancer that can be used in all age groups. When it comes to cancer screening, lung cancer, the most common, is often not given a second thought. Why? Because it is not a common site for lung cancer, and once it is discovered, it is typically found quite early and is easily treated. However, since it is not uncommon to have cancerous cells or nodules in the lungs, and since there are not many symptoms, the lung cancer screening process is not as widely known and not as commonly followed as other cancers.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colonoscopies are a standard part of a routine physical exam. Over 50% of men and nearly 50% of women in the United States over the age of 50 will have a screening colonoscopy at some point during their lifetime. Screening colonoscopies are another way to detect and remove precancerous polyps and early-stage cancers from the colon. Colorectal cancer is a deadly disease that occurs when abnormal cells in your bowel start multiplying out of control and crowd out your healthy cells, eventually causing your bowel to become blocked. This blockage can lead to severe bleeding, which can be life-threatening. Although colorectal cancer is very rare, it is the third most common cancer in the world.
Ovarian Cancer Screening
Every woman should receive a screening for Ovarian Cancer, especially if she has any of the risk factors listed below:
- Has had two or more children
- Has a family history of Ovarian Cancer
- Has a family history of breast cancer
- Has a family history of any cancer
- Has had breast cancer or has a positive family history of breast cancer
- Has had a hysterectomy
- Has had a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries)
- Has a history of benign breast disease
This is a very important subject and one that is largely ignored by most women. Find out if you are at risk and get screened!
This is a good thing, but it can also be a challenge to a woman’s body. Indeed, most women have been told their entire lives to eat right and take care of themselves. But there are many health issues that can be overlooked, including cancer.