Cancer Screening Guidelines

Are You Up-To-Date on Your Recommended Cancer Screenings?

Discuss These Screening Guidelines* With Your Doctor.

All Adults:

  • A cancer-related check-up every three years ages 20-40, and every year after age 40.
  • Monthly skin self-exam to check moles and freckles for ABCD: asymmetry, border irregularity, color unevenness or change, and diameter larger than a pea.
  • Over age 50: Yearly Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and flexible sigmoidoscopy for colorectal cancer every 5 years.
  • Earlier screening when strong family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors exist.


  • Breast self-exam monthly for women ages 20 and over.
  • Clinical exam every three years ages 20-40. Over 40, clinical exam and mammography every year.
  • Annual or biennial pap tests for cervical cancer starting about three years after beginning vaginal intercourse, but no later than age 21.


  • Over age 50: Annual Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and
  • Digital Rectal Examination (DRE). Men at high risk should begin testing at age 40-50 years.

*2003 recommendations, American Cancer Society