You could be at risk
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S.
It is important to screen for various types of cancers to ensure good health. These tests help us identify cancer. When cancer is found early, it can be easier to treat. It is also less likely to have spread to other parts of the body.
If your doctor says you should be tested for colon cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. It also does not necessarily mean that the doctor thinks you have cancer. Screening is a way to rule out evidence of cancer. If cancer is found, you can get treatment quickly.
All of our centers offer a popular screening test called the FIT (fecal immunochemical test). You can do this test in the privacy of your home. Your doctor will give you a kit with the supplies to collect stool samples. These tests look for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of cancer. You can return the completed kit to Baltimore Medical System for testing and have the results in days.
If other tests are needed, we can refer you to a specialist for additional tests (such as a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy).
Baltimore Medical System and federal health agencies recommend the following colon cancer tests for men and women:
- A FIT test every year,
- or a sigmoidoscopy every five years,
- or a colonoscopy every 10 years
Cancer screenings just for women
We can help you get mammograms and pap smears.
- It is important for women to get mammograms for breast cancer. It is also important for women to get PAP smears for cervical cancer.
- Women 50 to 74 years old should get a mammogram every two years. We may start earlier depending on your risk of breast cancer.
- Women 21 to 65 years old should get a PAP smear every three to five years. This may change depending on your age and prior PAP smear results.
Call or stop by a center near you to schedule an appointment.
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