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Preventive Care

Women Older Than 40

Why do I need to get a Pap test?

Pap smears look for cell changes on the cervix that may become cervical cancer if not treated properly. With regular screenings, cervical cancer is one of the easiest forms of female cancer to prevent.

Why do I need to get a mammogram every 12 to 24 months?

Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-rays of each breast, and make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt, as well as tiny calcium deposits that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute recommends women older than 40 get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years, so that if signs of cancer are identified, it can be properly treated with a higher chance of survival.

Why do I need a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. A colonoscopy, which can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths, looks for early signs of colorectal cancer.

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