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If you are 21 to 29, here's what you need to know about screening tests for certain cancers:
Colon Cancer Testing
Find out if you are at higher than average risk for colon cancer because of family history, genetic disorders, or other factors. If not, then testing is not needed at this time. If you are at increased risk, talk to a health care provider about when you need to start testing and what tests are right for you.
Breast Cancer Testing
All women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away. Find out if you are at higher than average risk for breast cancer. If not, then testing is not needed at this time. If you are, talk to a health care provider about when you need to start getting mammograms or other screening tests.
Cervical Cancer Testing
No test is needed before age 25.
Starting at age 25 and through age 65, all people with a cervix should have a primary HPV test* every 5 years. If a primary HPV test is not available in your area, then acceptable options include a co-test (an HPV test done at the same time as a Pap test) every 5 years or a Pap test alone every 3 years. (*A primary HPV test is an FDA approved test that is done by itself for screening.) The most important thing to remember is to get screened regularly, no matter which test you get.
Follow testing recommendations even if you've been vaccinated against HPV.
You don't need testing after surgery that removed the cervix as long as it was done for reasons not related to cervical cancer or pre-cancer.
This information was originally published at https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/screening-recommendations-by-age.html#21-29.
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