Early detection and screening tests are an important part of ensuring the good health of our patients.
Your doctor may perform a Pap smear or Pap test, which collects cells from the cervix to screen for any changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Women aged 21 and over should have a routine Pap test every three years. Women who have abnormal Pap test results may need to be screened more often. Your physician will advise you on the testing schedule that is right for you.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, combining a Pap test with a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test can extend the interval between cervical cancer screenings from three years to five years in many women between the ages of 30-65. Talk to your doctor for more informaton on screening recommendations for cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a wealth of information on the Pap Smaear and screening for cervical cancer HERE.
The American Cancer Society has established specific screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer:
The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends women 25 and over should receive formal risk assessment for breast cancer.
Women with a higher than average risk of breast cancer should undergo yearly screening mammography and be offered yearly supplemental imaging, initiated at a risk based age.
To obtain a high risk breast cancer assessment, visit GBMC.org/breast-cancer-assessment and complete the form. After completing the form, a member of the breast center will contact you to discuss your results.
The American Cancer Society recommends screening people at average risk for colon cancer starting at age 45.