Early detection saves lives.

Cancer is life-threatening. But there are tests that can find cancer before it becomes a major health problem. Many types of cancer don’t have symptoms, so it’s important to have screenings regularly. Early detection can increase your odds of treating and beating cancer.

Three of the most commonly diagnosed cancers—breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers—can be detected in their earliest stages.

Routine cancer screenings can increase the chances of finding cancer early.

The chart below indicates the age at which you should be screened and how often.

Recommended Age Screening or Vaccine How Often
Breast Women 18 to 39 Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) Annually
Women 40 and Older 1,2,3 Mammogram & CBE Annually
Cervical Women 21 to 64 1,2 Pap Test Every 3 years
Women 21 to 64 1,2 Pelvic Exam Annually
Women 30 to 64 Pap Test/Pelvic Exam and HPV Test Every 5 years
Colon Men and Women 50 and Older 1,2,3 Colonoscopy Every 10 years
Prostate Average Risk: Men 50 and Older 1,2,3 Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test with or without a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) Talk to your doctor to determine if prostate screening is recommended
High Risk: African-American Men 40 and Older

1 Talk with your doctor about individual screening recommendations.

2 Individuals 65 years of age and older who are not eligible for Medicare also may qualify for free screening.

3 Individuals with a family history of cancer may qualify for screening at an earlier age.

Per Screening for Life guidelines dated July 1, 2012.

Screening Nurse Navigators can schedule a screening for you—whether you have insurance or not.

Screening for Life offers free screenings for breast, prostate, cervical, and colon cancer.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a Delaware resident.
  • Don’t have health insurance, have a high deductible or have health insurance that doesn’t cover screenings.
  • Are age 18 to 64.
  • Are 65 years of age or older and do not qualify for Medicare.
  • Meet income guidelines.
  • Download the Screening for Life Provider List. Download

Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Radon can seep into homes through cracks in the floors and foundations. A simple test can find it.

  • Test kits are free to Delaware residents while supplies last. Or you can buy a test kit at most hardware stores for $20.
  • If radon is found, it can be removed by installing a mitigation system that moves the gas from around your home’s foundation, preventing radon gas from entering your home.