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The earlier you detect any cancer, the better your chance of surviving it. Following are things you can do to help detect three of the most common cancers faced by women.
Breast cancer kills nearly 40,000 American women each year. To help protect yourself, follow the schedule at the bottom of this page for these breast cancer screenings:
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women - and your risk increases with age. That's why doctors now recommend regular screening for colon cancer beginning at age 50. Here are the tests they use:
All women should be regularly screened with a pelvic exam and a Pap test (Pap smear) according to the schedule below. If you've had a hysterectomy - and never had cervical cancer - you don't need to have Pap tests anymore. But you still need regular pelvic exams.
Note that your doctor may recommend earlier, more frequent, or less frequent screenings based on your history and health.
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