Virtual Wellness Fair
In the United States, 45% of the 609,820 cancer deaths estimated to occur in 2023 are expected to be attributable to cancer risk factors that are all potentially modifiable through lifestyle changes, such as:
- Cigarette smoking
- Secondhand smoke exposure
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol intake
- Unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Ultraviolet radiation exposure
- Cancer-associated infections
Cancer screening tests can also help prevent thousands of additional cancer cases and deaths.
Reference: American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2023-2024. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2023-2024.
Cancer Prevention includes:
- Annual history and physical with your primary care provider
- Lifestyle modification:
- Vaccinations against cancer:
- HPV and Hepatitis B Vaccines: Vaccines That Can Help Prevent Cancer CDC
- Smoking cessation: I Want to Quit Tobacco
Breast Cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. It is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. While breast cancer is most commonly found in women, about 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the US is found in a man.
Women of average risk
Age ≥ 25 but < 40 years old: Clinical encounter every 1-3 years and breast awareness
Age ≥ 40 years old: Annual clinical encounter, annual screening mammogram, breast awareness, consider supplemental screening for heterogeneous or extremely dense breasts. (NCCN Guidelines)
Breast cancer screening should include a monthly self exam and may require the following:
- Clinical Breast Exam
- Breast Biopsy
For more information on breast cancer visit the links below:
Cervical cancer screening is an important part of women’s health care. You should start having screening at age 21, regardless of when you first start having sex. How often you should have cervical cancer screening and which tests you should have depend on your age and health history:
- Women who are 21 to 29 should have a Pap test alone every 3 years. HPV testing alone can be considered for women who are 25 to 29, but Pap tests are preferred.
- Women who are 30 to 65 have three options for testing. They can have a Pap test and an HPV test (co-testing) every 5 years. They can have a Pap test alone every 3 years. Or they can have HPV testing alone every 5 years.
For people at average risk for colorectal cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends starting regular screening at age 45. This can be done either with a sensitive test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool (a stool-based test), or with an exam that looks at the colon and rectum (a visual exam). Talk to your health care provider about which tests might be good options for you, and to your insurance provider about your coverage. No matter which test you choose, the most important thing is to get screened.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), or the American College of Chest Physicians. These organizations recommend yearly lung cancer screening with LDCT scans for people who:
- Are 50 to 80 years old and in fairly good health,
- Currently smoke or have quit in the past 15 years,
- Have at least a 20 pack-year smoking history. (This is the number of packs of cigarettes per day multiplied by the number of years smoked. For example, someone who smoked 2 packs a day for 10 years [2 x 10 = 20] has 20 pack-years of smoking, as does a person who smoked 1 pack a day for 20 years [1 x 20 = 20].)
Starting at age 50, men should talk to a health care provider about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them.
If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with a health care provider starting at age 45.
If you decide to be tested, you should get a PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you’re tested will depend on your PSA level
As part of a complete early detection strategy, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends adults should see a dermatologist once a year, or more often if you are at a higher risk of skin cancer, for a full-body, professional skin exam.