Mar 8, 2024

Prioritizing Preventive Health: A Guide to Adult Cancer Screenings

Cancer Awareness.

Ensuring optimal health requires more than just addressing symptoms as they arise; it necessitates a proactive approach focused on preventive care. Adults, akin to children, should prioritize regular visits to their primary care doctor. These annual check-ups serve as a cornerstone for maintaining well-being, offering a platform for tailored advice on cancer screenings and other essential tests based on individual health histories. In this holistic pursuit of health, specific cancer screenings emerge as pivotal components, each contributing to the early detection and management of potential health concerns.

Regular primary care visits

Just like kids, adults should ideally visit their primary care doctor annually. Annual routine check-ups are critical as your provider will suggest cancer screenings and other tests based on your health history.


In general, men and women should begin colon cancer screening at age 45. However, if you have an immediate family member—such as a parent or sibling—who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you may need to get screened before age 45.

Breast exams

Women should perform self-breast exams monthly to look for changes. An annual breast exam done by a doctor is also important for breast cancer screening. These will be performed at routine visits with your OBGYN provider.


Generally recommended for women ages 40 and older, mammograms play a crucial role in the early detection of breast cancer by identifying abnormalities in breast tissue, including small lumps that may not be felt during a physical exam.

Cervical cancer screening

Patients with a cervix should start cervical cancer screening at age 21. Depending on age, health, and family history, cervical cancer screening may include a Pap test and/or a High Risk (HR) HPV test. These will be performed at routine visits with your OBGYN provider.

Prostate cancer screening

Men aged 50 and older—or 45 and older if there is a family history of prostate cancer—should be screened regularly. Since most cancers arise in the outer portion of the gland, an abnormality often may be felt by your provider on a digital rectal exam (DRE).

Routine skin checks

If you have many moles and freckles, or have a family history or personal history of skin cancer, consider getting a skin check regularly with a dermatologist.

In the realm of adult health, proactive engagement with preventive measures stands as a beacon for longevity and well-being. The commitment to regular primary care visits lays the foundation for personalized care plans, incorporating vital cancer screenings that align with individual health trajectories. From colonoscopies and breast exams to cervical and prostate cancer screenings, each proactive step holds the potential to detect abnormalities at their earliest stages. Embracing routine skin checks further fortifies this preventive journey.

As we advocate for holistic well-being, these screenings become not just medical protocols but empowering tools for individuals to take charge of their health, fostering a future marked by early detection, timely interventions, and a resilient pursuit of optimal health.

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