The best way to beat cancer is to catch it early when treatment is more effective. Regular cancer tests detect cancer before you experience symptoms. At Cedars-Sinai, we offer the latest advancements and clinical trials to screen for many types of cancer.
Who Should Get Cancer Screening?
Talk with your doctor to see if you are at high risk for some types of cancer and could benefit from cancer tests. Common cancer risk factors include:
- A personal cancer history
- Family cancer history
- Certain gene mutations (abnormalities)
- Exposure to tobacco and some chemicals
Cancer Screening Recommendations
Age 25–39 Screening Recommendations
- Cervical cancer screening, done through a Pap smear by your gynecologist or primary care doctor, is recommended every five years for people with a cervix beginning at age 25, and continuing until 65.
Age 40–49 Screening Recommendations
- Mammograms are recommended to screen for breast cancer beginning at age 45, with the option to begin at age 40.
- Cervical cancer screening is recommended every five years for people with a cervix.
- Colonoscopies are recommended to screen for colorectal cancer in all people at age 45.
- At age 45, African Americans should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor.
Age 50+ Screening Recommendations
- Breast cancer screening is recommended.
- Cervical cancer screening is recommended.
- Colorectal cancer screening is recommended.
- Current or former smokers should discuss lung cancer screening with their doctor.
- People with prostates should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor.
- Lung cancer screening is recommended for people who are 50-80 years old and in fairly good health, and currently smoke or have quit in the past 15 years and have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history.
Standard Cancer Screenings
All people should consider these screenings based on the recommendations listed above.