Top 5 Cancers (years 2001-2005)
These cancers occur most commonly among those 65 years old and older.
|Age and Sex||Screening Recommendation||Screening locations and other information|
|All women within this age group||For breast cancer: Monthly breast self-exam, annual clinical breast exam, and annual mammogram at your or your health care professional's discretion.|
Sites for low income, uninsured women:
All women within this age group
|For cervical cancer: Pelvic exam and pap test every 1 - 3 years depending on your level of risk (every 3 years only after you have had 3 consecutive negative results). You may no longer need pap smears if you have documented evidence of regular previous screenings that are normal.||Sites for low income, uninsured women:|
|All men within this age group||For testicular cancer: Monthly testicular self-exam and a clinical exam every 1 to 3 years.|
|All men within this age group||For prostate cancer: Have a discussion with your provider about the risks and benefits of screening, then engage shared decision making.|
|All women and men within this age group||For colorectal cancer: Home fecal occult blood test every year or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or home fecal occult blood test every year and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or colonoscopy every 10 years or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years. Each of the screening strategies has advantages and disadvantages. Discuss the options with your health care professional.|
|All women and men within this age group||For skin cancer: Periodic skin exams at your health care professional's discretion|
- Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit.
- Eat a healthy diet. Choose 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Limit high fat foods, including red meat, and limit alcohol to 1 to 2 drinks per day.
- Get 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days of the week.
- Use sun protection methods, such as protective clothing and sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) and limit sun exposure during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
- Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program
- American Cancer Society: Cancer Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC Activities to Promote Skin Cancer Prevention and Education
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: TIPS (Tobacco Information and Prevention Source)
- Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care
- National Cancer Institute: Cancer topics
- Produce for Better Health Foundation
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.