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Recommendations of the American Cancer Society for Early Cancer Detection

1. For detection of breat cancer
– Beginning at age 30, routinely perform monthly breast self-examination (BSEs)
– Women aged 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram and breast examination by a healthcare provider

2. For detection of colon and rectal cancer
– All persons aged 50 and older should have a yearly fecal ocult blood test
– Digital rectal examination and flexible sigmoidoscopy should be done very 5 years
-Colonoscopy with barium enema should be done very 10 years

3. For detection of uterine cancer
– Yearly Papanicolaou (Pap) smear should be performed for sexually active females and any female over age 18
– At menopause, high-risk women should have an endometrial tissue sample

4. For detection of prostate cancer
– Beginning at age 50, have a yearly digital rectal examination
– Beginning at age 50, have a yearly prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test

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