The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a commitment to yourself and to your health. Of course, a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep always top the list for things you can do to live your best life and maintain optimal health and wellness.
Another way? Preventive care and regular screenings.
More than 850,000 women in the United States were estimated to receive a new cancer diagnosis in 2017. While no one can predict with absolute certainty if, when and where in the body cancer may rear its ugly head, following cancer prevention and screening guidelines can go a long way in detecting the disease in its early stages and improve patient outcomes.
Matthew Knecht, MD, radiation oncologist with Kettering Cancer Care, helps to highlight the key preventive screenings based on a woman’s age. “There are multiple organizations that make recommendations for when screening should begin, who should receive them, and when the screenings should stop,” explained Dr. Knecht. “Specific questions or concerns regarding screenings should always be discussed with your doctor.”
Here are some of the general guidelines for cancer prevention and screening:
Women in their 20s and 30s
Ovarian, colorectal, endometrial and lung cancer:
“Using the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations as a guide, a woman in her 30s should undergo cervical cancer screening and should discuss genetic risks, if she has a family history of breast or ovarian cancer,” said Dr. Knecht.
Women in their 40s
“For women in their 40s, the USPSTF recommends only selective use of mammography,” said Dr. Knecht. “However, other organizations, such as the American College of Radiology, recommend screening begin for everyone at age 40, with continuation of cervical cancer screening and genetic counseling, if not already done.”
“The same guidelines for lung screening applies for those age 55-80 who have quit in the last 15 years,” explained Dr. Knecht.
Join us for our Ladies Luncheon about Women’s Cancer Prevention on January 21 at Soin Medical Center. Learn from our expert physician panel how you can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Click here to register today or call (937) 558-3988.