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Lung Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Ask the doctor about screening for lung cancer if you have a history of heavy smoking and you smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years.

Review Date: July 29, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the Doctor

If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, use this list of questions to ask your doctor about genetic testing.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Important Screening Tests

Getting screening tests is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Talk with a doctor or nurse about scheduling important screenings.

Review Date: March 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prostate Cancer Screening: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer.

Review Date: March 28, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Colon Cancer Screening (Colorectal) Covered by Medicare

All Medicare recipients are eligible for a screening colonoscopy. Learn about risk factors, how often screening is covered, and the portion of Medicare-approved costs you will be required to pay.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults and what you can do to take control of your health and reduce your cancer risk.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

American Cancer Society

Cervical Cancer Prevention

The most common cause of cervical cancer is infection of the cervix with human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections that cause cervical cancer are spread mainly through sexual contact. Women who become sexually active at a young age and who have many sexual partners are at a greater risk of HPV infection.

Review Date: October 25, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Cervical Cancer Screening (PDQ®)

Studies show that screening for cervical cancer helps decrease the number of deaths from the disease. A Pap test is commonly used to screen for cervical cancer. Learn more about the Pap test here.

Review Date: January 30, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that can detect early signs of colorectal or colon cancer. Learn how colonoscopy is performed, how to prepare for, and begin routine screenings.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Talk to your health care providers about when to begin screening for colorectal cancer, what tests to have, the benefits and risks of each test, and how often to schedule appointments.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Find a Screening Provider Near You: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Search for free and low-cost screenings in your state—use the interactive map to find local contacts for breast and cervical cancer screening.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lower GI Series

A review of the purpose of a lower gastrointestinal (GI) series, including general preparation for the procedure. The lower GI series may show problems like abnormal growths, ulcers, polyps, and diverticuli.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Pap Test Fact Sheet

Why do I need a Pap test? How often do I need to have a Pap test? I don't have health insurance, how can I get a free or low-cost Pap test? Read on to find the answers to these questions, and more.

Review Date: January 30, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Prostate Cancer Screening

Find out about the tests that are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer as well as the potential benefits of prostate cancer screening.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prostate Cancer Screening (PDQ®)

What is screening? Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer

This page links to information on screening and testing for various cancers.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Screening Guidelines for Early Detection of Cancer

Learn about the American Cancer Society's screening guidelines for many types of cancer, including breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate cancer, and more.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

American Cancer Society

Stay Healthy: Breast Cancer Screening (Mammograms)

Medicare covers screening mammograms and digital technologies for screening mammograms to check for breast cancer before you or a doctor may be able to detect it.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Testicular Cancer - Self-Exam and Diagnosis

Most testicular cancers are found by men themselves. The testicular self-examination, or TSE, is a quick, simple, painless, exam that men can perform on themselves in the privacy of their own home each month.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation

Virtual Colonoscopy

Unlike traditional colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy doesn't require sedation or the insertion of a scope into the colon. Discuss your colon cancer screening options with your doctor to determine whether virtual colonoscopy is the right option for you.

Review Date: August 09, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

What Women Should Know About Cervical Cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus- (PDF)

This document has answers to many questions women may have about preventing cervical cancer or finding it early, the Pap test, HPV, and the HPV test.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Cancer Society