Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. This year, in addition to sending her flowers or taking her to a nice lunch, remember to give your mom the gift of health. Remind the woman that gave you life to take care of her own. Encourage her to get up to date on routine cancer screenings, which can often catch some cancers early. According to the American Cancer Society, the following is recommended for all women.
Mom’s Cancer Screening Guide:
- Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every year
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular check-up every 3 years while women 40 and older should have one every year
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any change to their physician right away. Women should start self-exams in their 20s. Consult your physician for details.
- Breast cancer screening should be done earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer
- Women should start screening for colon cancer at age 50, or earlier if there is a family history of colon or rectal cancer.
- Early detection screenings, such as colonoscopies, can find polyps which can be removed before they turn into cancer.
- Consult your physician about when to start having routine colonoscopy procedures.
- All women should be told about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer and discuss screenings with their physician.
- Women who are 55 or older with a history of cigarette smoking of 1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years should talk to their physician about having a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. This screening can be done at any of our Millennium PET/CT Diagnostic CT locations including The Woodlands, Red Oak, and Kingwood.
- Lung cancer screening should be done if you:
- Have frequently been exposed to secondhand smoke
- Have a family history of lung cancer
- Are a survivor of lung cancer, lymphoma, or head and neck cancer
- Have documented high radon exposure
- Occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, chromium, arsenic, nickel or diesel fumes
- If you or the women if your life smoke, look into getting help to quit.
- Women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21 and have a routine PAP test every 3 years.
- Women who are at high risk for cervical cancer may need to be screened more often. Women at high risk might include those with HIV infection, organ transplant, or exposure to the drug DES. They should talk with a doctor or nurse about what screening plan is best for them.
- Be aware of your moles and all the spots on your skin and report any change to a doctor right way. Have a skin exam done at your regular health check-ups.
For more information about cancer screenings, please visit the American Cancer Society website at http://www.cancer.org.