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Screening tests detect cancer’s hidden warning signs long before symptoms appear and when the disease is most treatable. Complete the cancer screening and prevention questionnaire to manage your cancer risk and screening needs.
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  Our cancer screening exams and screening tests are available to the general public.


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Screening Guidelines

Find out what cancer screenings are right for you, based on age, gender and family history.


Stay Informed

How often do you need a colonoscopy? When should you begin mammograms? Download our tip sheet to stay on track.

How We Can Help

It’s difficult to keep track of which tests you need and when, and whether a personal or family history of cancer affects your risk. We’ll help you arrange everything you need right here at Roswell Park.

  • Provide screening tests based on your needs
  • Educate you about cancer risk and early detection
  • Create a plan to help you stay on track with appropriate screenings
  • Connect you with experts in specialized clinics

Screening  Guidelines

By Disease

  • Age 40 and older should have annual breast cancer screening with mammography along with clinical exams.
  • Younger than age 40 should discuss their personal risk factors, and medical and family history with their physician to determine when to begin annual mammography screening.
  • With major risk factors, including a strong family history or a known mutation in a gene associated with breast cancer, should begin yearly screening before age 40. Because breast cancer in younger women is harder to detect with mammography, women should speak with their doctor about whether other screening tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are advised.
  • All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21.
  • Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years. They should not be tested for HPV unless it is needed after an abnormal Pap test result.
  • Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years. This is the preferred approach, but it is also acceptable to have a Pap test alone every 3 years.
  • Women over age 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened for cervical cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer should continue to be screened.
  • Women who have had their uterus and cervix removed in a hysterectomy and have no history of cervical cancer or pre-cancer should not be screened.
  • Women who have had the HPV vaccine should still follow the screening recommendations for their age group.
  • Women who are at high risk for cervical cancer may need to be screened more often. Women at high risk might include those with HIV infection, organ transplant, or exposure to the drug DES. These women should consult with their doctor or nurse.
  • Colon cancer is largely preventable, but you must have a screening test that will detect warning signs such as polyps, abnormal growths, precancerous lesions or early malignancies, long before you notice any symptoms.
  • All adults should begin screening for colon and rectal cancer at age 50 unless other risk factors or symptoms indicate screening should begin at an earlier age.
Low-dose CT scan for men and women age 55 to 79 with more than 30 pack/years of smoking history and have smoked in last 15 years. Other risk factors will be considered when deciding if additional testing, such as bronchoscopy, is needed. These additional risk factors include:
  • Asbestos-related lung disease or pulmonary asbestosis
  • History of emphysema
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Family history of lung cancer (parent, sibling or child)
Full-body skin check for patients with any suspicious lesions.

By Age and Gender