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Cancer Screening Guidelines


Cancer screening exams are medical tests done when you’re healthy. And, you don’t have any signs of illness. They help find cancer early, when the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest. 

The exams you get and how often you’re tested depends on your chances of getting cancer.

MD Anderson recommends screening exams for these cancers:

Our experts also offer advice, tips and tools on planning and preparing for your exams, and tracking your results.

Colon cleansing: Health or hype?

Do you need genetic testing for breast cancer?

Your PSA test: Keep score to help find cancer early

Ensure success with colonoscopy prep

Men: Cancer screening exams by age

Women: Cancer screening exams by age

Who needs genetic testing for cancer? 

Colon polyps: What to ask your doctor

5 pap test facts women should know

Lumpy or dense: Your "breast" defense

Colon screening: Colonoscopy vs. Virtual colonoscopy

Your first mammogram: What to expect 

Gynecologists want you to know

Abnormal pap test results: What's next?

Putting an end to genetic discrimination

Get the facts: Genetic and family history 

False positive MRI results not a positive experience

Health services to cut colonoscopy costs

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Genetics and cancer risk

About 5 to 10% of all cancers are inherited. This means that mutations in specific genes are passed from one blood relative to another. Individuals who inherit one of these abnormal genes have a much greater chance of developing cancer. Learn if you're at risk and what you can do:  


Men: Screening exams by age checklist 

Women: Screening exams by age checklist

Activity: Create a family history tree

PSA tracking tool (PDF) 


Am I at risk for hereditary cancer? 

What to expect at your first mammogram

Is breast MRI right for me?

Q&A: The Pap Test

Tracking your PSA test results

Preparing and having a colonoscopy

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By completing Cancer Risk Check, you can determine your risk for certain cancers and get the tools you need to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. 

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Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center

Did you know you can get your mammogram or prostate exam at MD Anderson's Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center? Most major insurance plans are accepted. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-877-632-6789.

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