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can you give a list of all cancer screening tests for people who have no present symtoms of cancer, for example, a screening colonoscopy; how often?

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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Screening: Cancer screening tests are debated at times but the ones that are currently accepted or agreed upon by most would be colonoscopy every 10 years starting at 50, annual mammogram/breast exam for women starting somewhere between 40 and 50, pap smears every 1-3 years once adult age, a PSA/rectal exam yearly starting at 50, a skin survey yearly.Long time smokers the debate is on CT lungs once.

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