Prevention and Early Detection

The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women age 20 or older who have average risk for cancer (without family history or previous personal cancer) should have a yearly cancer-related checkup by their health care provider. This exam should include health counseling, and depending on the person's age and gender, might include exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries, as well as some non-cancerous diseases.
Special Tests for certain cancer sites are recommended as outlined below.
Breast Cancer
  • Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 continuing as long as the woman is in good health
  • Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) about every 3 years until age 40 and then every year after.
  • Breast self-exam (BSE) is recommended to be performed monthly starting at age 20.
  • Women who have family history should discuss the timing of these tests with their doctors.
Cervical Cancer
  • A vaccine called Gardisil is available to prevent some types of HPV for girls age 9-26. This is a series of 3 injections. The HPV is known to cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
  • Pap tests and pelvic exams are recommended to begin 3 years after vaginal intercourse or by age 21. Screening yearly until age 30.
  • At age 30, women who have had 3 yearly normal Pap tests may get screened every 2-3 years.
  • Women who are over the age of 70, or who have a history of abnormal Pap tests, need to discuss the timing of Pap tests with their doctors.
Testicular Cancer
  • Men should examine their scrotum monthly.
  • Yearly clinical scrotal examinations.
Prostate Cancer
  • Men who are 50 years old should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of yearly PSA and DRE (digital rectal examination). Recommendations may vary depending on your personal situation.
  • African-American men who have a family history of prostate cancer need to consider having prostate cancer testing beginning at ages 40-45.
Colon Cancer 
For men and women age 50, the following tests are available. Discussion with your doctor may clarify which one(s) are the best for you. People with inflammatory bowel disease and/or personal history of polyps may need different schedules. 
Colonoscopy every 10 years -- finds polyps and cancer -- IS RECOMMENDED
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Double contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year ---(3 samples)*
  • Fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) every year*
  • Stool DNA test*
*If positive: need to have colonoscopy.
Lung Cancer
  • There is no screening test for lung cancer
Skin Cancer
  • Stay out of the sun between 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wear hats with a brim
  • Apply a broad spectrum sun screen of SPF 30 before being out in the sun. Reapply every 2 hours
  • Do not use tanning beds
  • Check your moles for increased size, changes in color or appearance
  • Report a sore that does not heal for months to your doctor
Call the Columbus Cancer Clinic at 614-263-5006 if you have questions about the above information or would like to schedule a screening examination.
 (1) SIGMOIDOSCOPY is the inspection of the lower colon with a fiberoptic light. A flexible tube with a light is inserted into the rectum and then advanced throughout the colon. The physician views the inner lining of the bowel and obtains a biopsy if indicated.
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. It requires bowel preparation beforehand so the physician can clearly see the bowel lining. The patient remains awake during the procedure.
(2) COLONOSCOPY is the inspection of the entire colon with a fiberoptic light. A flexible tube with a light is inserted into the rectum and then gently advanced. The physician views the inner lining of the bowel and obtains a biopsy if indicated.
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient receives some sedation and pain relieving medication through an intravenous catheter prior to the procedure. Adequate bowel preparation is required prior to the procedure for the physician to clearly see the bowel lining.

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