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ASK THE EXPERTS: When should I begin screenings for cancer?

The recommended age to start screenings varies based on cancer type. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cervical cancer screening begin at age 21 and colon cancer screening begin at age 45. While breast cancer screening should start at age 50, women have the option of starting breast cancer screening at age 40, after a discussion with their primary care provider (PCP). Men should discuss prostate cancer screenings with their PCP at age 55. Adults with a 20-pack year smoking history and who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years should begin lung cancer screening at age 50.

Kannan Thanikachalam, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist

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