We begin routine screenings for cervical cancer at age 21, according with American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines. If you are over the age of 30 and have never had an abnormal pap smear before, you may not need a pap smear every year. (This does not mean you do not need an annual exam). Ask us about the latest guidelines for cervical cancer screening.
We encourage breast self-awareness. This should begin in your twenties. As you age, your risk for breast cancer increases. You will be more likely to identify if something feels abnormal. At Comprehensive Care Center, we teach you proper self breast exam techniques so you are able to identify concerning lumps and bumps. We also recommend yearly clinical breast exams and mammograms every year beginning at age 40, in accordance with the American Cancer Society.
We recommend screenings for osteoporosis with a DEXA scan if you are menopausal, have a history of osteopenia and your bone mineral density has not been evaluated in two years or more, or if you have other risk factors for decreased bone mineral density. This screening identifies women that are at an increased risk for having a bone fracture.
We recommend routine colonoscopies starting at age 50 for all women, as per the American Cancer Society’s recommendations. If you have family history of colon cancer, you may need to start screening at an earlier age.