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Cancer screenings save lives

At OhioHealth, we want every patient to keep making plans for their future. Scheduling your recommended health screenings — including those for cancer — is one way you can take control of your health. Advanced diagnostic tools help our team of experts detect cancers earlier and when they’re most treatable. 

Get in touch with a cancer specialist who can answer your questions and help connect you to screening options close to home. Contact OhioHealth CancerCall Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM at (800) 752-9119.

OhioHealth follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and MD Anderson Cancer Center for screening guidelines.

Checkup Checklist

These checkup checklists for women’s and men’s health screenings help you better understand important screenings and routine care recommendations for certain age groups. Talk with your doctor about the screenings that are right for you, based on your current health and risk factors.

Recommended screenings for women

Physical exam

A thorough check of overall health status and well-being should be scheduled:

  • Every three years for women 19-39
  • Every two years for women 40-49
  • Every year for women 50+
Blood pressure

High blood pressure has no symptoms but can cause permanent damage to organs. It should be checked every year for women of all ages.

Blood and urine tests

Screen for cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid problems before symptoms occur.

  • Every three years for women 19-39
  • Every two years for women 40-49
  • Every year for women 50+
EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG) test checks your heart rhythm to screen for problems.

  • Baseline screening at age 30
  • Every four years for women 40-49
  • Every three years for women 50+
Preventive dental care exam

Dental care impacts your entire body. Daily brushing and flossing along with routine dental exams can prevent tooth decay and even disease.

  • Every six months for women of all ages.
Hearing and vision

Recommended to be checked every year for women of all ages.

Bone health

A bone mineral density (BMT) test should be obtained at least once for all post-menopausal females to screen for bone loss.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Discuss a need for testing with your primary care provider if you are concerned about exposure or symptoms.

Oral health and cancer

A mouth and throat exam should be scheduled every year for women of all ages.

Self-exams

It recommended that every month, women self-exam their breast to find abnormal lumps and their skin to look for signs of changing moles, freckles or sunspots. Discuss any findings with your primary care provider.

Colon, rectal health and cancer

While other options requiring annual testing are available, a screening colonoscopy is the preferred exam to prevent cancer. It should be scheduled:

  • Beginning at age 45
  • Every 10 years or more often based on results
Lung health and cancer

A low-dose chest CT scan is recommended for current or former smokers between ages 50-80. Smokers must have 20+ pack years and former smokers must have quit within the last 15 years. It is important to note that you may not have lung cancer symptoms.

Breast health and cancer screening

A clinical breast exam by a physician should be scheduled every year for women of all ages.

Screening mammogram

This X-ray of the breast can reveal nearly 90% of breast cancers as early as two years before a lump can be felt, giving you the best chance for successful treatment. Screenings should be scheduled every year beginning at age 40.

Reproductive health and cervical cancer

A gynecological pelvic exam and Pap smear should be scheduled:

  • Beginning at age 21
  • Every three years for women 21-65
  • Or every 5 years for women 30-65 if Pap smear is combined with HPV testing

Recommended screenings for men

Physical exam

A thorough check of overall health status and well-being, including a testicular exam, should be scheduled:

  • Every three years for men 19-39
  • Every two years for men 40-49
  • Every year for men 50+
Blood pressure

High blood pressure has no symptoms but can cause permanent damage to organs. It should be checked every year for men of all ages.

Blood and urine tests

Screen for cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid problems before symptoms occur.

  • Every three years for men 19-39
  • Every two years for men 40-49
  • Every year for men 50+
EKG

An electrocardiogram (EKG) test checks your heart rhythm to screen for problems.

  • Baseline screening at age 30
  • Every four years for men 40-49
  • Every three years for men 50+
Preventive dental care exam

Dental care impacts your entire body. Daily brushing and flossing along with routine dental exams can prevent tooth decay and even disease.

  • Every six months for men of all ages.
Hearing and vision

Recommended to be checked every year for men of all ages.

Bone health

A baseline bone mineral density (BMT) test should be obtained at least once for all men at age 70 to screen for bone loss.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Discuss a need for testing with your primary care provider if you are concerned about exposure or symptoms.

Oral health and cancer

A mouth and throat exam should be scheduled every year for men of all ages.

Self-exams

It recommended that every month, men self-exam their testicles and breasts to find abnormal lumps, and their skin to look for signs of changing moles, freckles or sunspots. Discuss any findings with your primary care provider.

Colon, rectal health and cancer

While other options requiring annual testing are available, a screening colonoscopy is the preferred exam to prevent cancer. It should be scheduled:

  • Beginning at age 45
  • Every 10 years or more often based on results
Lung health and cancer

A low-dose chest CT scan is recommended for current or former smokers between ages 50-80. Smokers must have 20+ pack years and former smokers must have quit within the last 15 years. It is important to note that you may not have lung cancer symptoms.

Prostate health and cancer screening

A baseline prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) by a physician should be scheduled between ages 45-49, then annually or less often depending on your results and risk.

“I was very fortunate with my cancer diagnosis that through early detection, I have a really good prognosis and a strong chance that I will have a long and healthy life ahead of me.”

Lisa Craig Morton, OhioHealth patient and cancer survivor