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 regular screenings. The most commonly diagnosed cancers—lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate—can be detected in their earliest stages. Routine cancer screenings can increase the chances of finding cancer early.

Get cancer screenings that are recommended for you.

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 beating cancer. Talk with your healthcare provider about cancer screenings. If you don’t have insurance, if your insurance doesn’t cover screenings, or if you can’t afford to pay for screenings, a special program could make screenings available to you. Find out about it now.

When you should be screened and how often:

Screening or Vaccine
How Often
Women 18 to 39
Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
Women 40 and Older 1,2,3
Mammogram & CBE
Women 21 to 29 1,2
Pap Test
Every 3 years
Women 21 to 64 1,2
Pelvic Exam
Women 30 to 64
Pap Test/Pelvic Exam and HPV Screening
Every 5 years with co-testing, or every 3 years
Men and Women 50 and Older 1,2,3
Every 10 years
Men and women 55-80 who:  Smoke or have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years or 2 packs a day for 15 or more years  Currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years
Low-dose CT scan
Talk to your doctor to determine if a lung cancer screening is recommended
Average Risk: Men 50 and Older 1,2,3 High Risk: African-American Men 40 and Older
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test with or without a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
Talk to your doctor to determine if prostate screening is recommended

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 April 4, 2014.

What if you find out you have cancer?

Specially trained Cancer Care Coordinators can help schedule appointments for you, guide you through the steps of treatment and provide emotional support for you and your family. If you can’t afford treatment or if you don’t have insurance, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program offers free cancer treatment for up to two years.

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