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Age To Get Colonoscopy
Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is generally a low risk until women reach about 40 years of age. However, some women can develop breast cancer at a much younger age due to a genetic predisposition. This may be indicated by a strong family history of breast cancer. All women should learn how to do a self breast exam and report any suspicious findings. Get regular mammograns as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more
Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some...: For high-risk men, i. e., having family Hx of prostate cancer, blacks, & Agent Orange exposure, start prostate exam at 45-50; for average risk men, start prostate exam at age 50-55. Over the past 5-10 years, significant shift in age recommendation for prostate exam has taken place resulting from more professional scrutiny. To http://www.formefirst.com/NewAUAPSA.html for more detail. ...Read more
How likely would it be for an 18 year old to have colon cancer? (No cancer in family) I simply want to know the chances of colon cancer at my age.
Reason for colonosco: Everybody should do screen for colon cancer starting at age 50. One way of screening is colonoscopy. If somebody has risk factor like 2 family members had colon cancer she should do colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the family member had colon cancer. Like if your father had cancer at age 45, you should do colonoscopy at 35. Familial polyposis needs screening at much earlier age. ...Read more
At what age would having blood in stool make a doctor start to worry about cancer? Age 20 years? Age 25 years?
Depends: This is a controversial topic in modern medicine. I would recommend you have a lengthy discussion with your doctor regarding the necessity for screening. Things like family history, symptoms, etc all come into play. You also need to be aware of the potential adverse effects of screening. You need to make an informed decision that goes beyond the kind of answer we can give you on this site. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If: You have a lump or other breast changes that concern you a physician should be seen right away. Otherwise, screening mammograms in women without other risk factors are advised starting at age 40. ...Read more
How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?
Risk increases w age: There is unfortunately no lower age cut off for breast cancer. It can occur in the very young as well as in the mature and elderly. Typically the risk increases with age and screening for breast cancer for women of average risk begins at age 40. In my 23 yrs of practice, my youngest patient was 19 and oldest 92, but I have colleagues who have seen it even younger than that. ...Read more
How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It would not be: Likely at this age. Are there significant risk factors? Factors include: being female, increasing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to diethylstilbestrol, hormone. ...Read more
Psa screening guide: I agree with american cancer society....Screening should be discussed with pts if they have at least a ten year life expectancy starting at 50.....If a relative has prostate cancer screening should begin at 40.....Risk doubles with a praimary relative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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