Cancer Screening Guidelines

Skin Cancer

Examine your skin on a regular basis and report any changes to your family doctor.  To help prevent skin cancer, follow these sun safety guidelines by wearing:
  • Sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher (both UVA and UVB protection)
  • Protective clothing on exposed skin
  • A hat that covers your face, neck and earsand sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection

Cervical Cancer

Annual screenings should begin at age 21 or within three years of becoming sexually active (whichever comes first).
  • Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive negative screenings and are at normal risk may be screened every 2–3 years.

Breast Cancer

Starting at age 20
  • Have a clinical breast exam (CBE) every 1–3 years
  • Have self breast awareness
Starting at age 40
  • Have an annual CBE
  • Have an annual mammogram
  • Have self breast awareness

Prostate Cancer

After discussing the risks and benefits with your family doctor, the following tests can begin at age 50:
  • Annual digital rectal exam (DRE)
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Colon Cancer

Starting at age 50 to age 75, both men and women should have the following:
  • A yearly fecal occult blood test along with a sigmoidoscopy every five years or colonoscopy every ten years.

Lung Cancer

If you are age 55–74 and are a current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years, you may be a candidate for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening.

Patients who meet these guidelines can call 812-858-2268 or Contact Us to find out if they qualify for a screening.

Cancer Screening Guidelines taken from USPSTF, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and American Cancer Society

* These are only guidelines. A family history, symptoms or any other risk factor may change your screening timeline. You should discuss with your family doctor your history and risk factors to establish a screening plan that’s right for you.