If you are 65 years and beyond you should undergo the following cancer screening

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If you are 65 years and beyond you should undergo the following cancer screening

If you are 65 years and beyond you should undergo the following cancer screening

If you are 65 years and beyond you should undergo the following cancer screening

 

 As we reach the milestone of 65 years, we need to follow the cancer screening guidelines as the risk of cancer increases. Due to the risk of different cancer appearing at different ages, the cancer screening program varies as per the age and sex of the patient.

We need to be aware of age and gender suitable cancer screening program and must follow the guidelines as early detection of cancer due to screening saves lives.

For male and females of age 65 years and above

Colon cancer screening

-        All patients above 64 years of age up to 74 years should undergo cancer screening, from 75 years to 85 years the benefit of cancer screening will depend on individual health and other factors. Above 85 the screening for colon cancer may not prolong survival.

The colon cancer screening may be informed of fecal occult blood or colonoscopy.

Lung Cancer screening

Lung cancer guidelines are not uniform. But screening for lung cancer can be really useful if you are an active smoker – you have quit within the last 15 years, you have a history of 30 pack-year smoking history that is 1 pack per day for 30 years. If you fall in this category then you can discuss to undergo an annual low dose chest CT scan.

Prostate Cancer screening for Males

 All male who is more than 50 years old and expects to live for more than 10 years should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor. The screening usually involves PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) blood test with DRE (digital rectal examination).

 

 

 

Breast cancer screening

Starting at age of 55 years you can switch to a mammogram every two years. You may need other tests as well if you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Cervical cancer for females

You don’t need any tests at this age if you have undergone screening tests in the last 10 years.

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.

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, MD, CCT, ASTS Fellow.

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