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Checklist for the Prevention & Early Detection of Cancers in Women

CHECKLIST FOR BREAST CANCER (for ALL)

HIGHER RISK OF BREAST CANCER EXISTS IF

  • A family history of breast cancer
  • You have never had children or
  • Your first child was born after 30

CHECKLIST FOR CANCER OF UTERUS, CERVIX AND OVARIES

HIGHER RISK OF CANCER OF THE CERVIX EXISTS IF

  • Early age at first intercourse
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Genital herpes or viral wart infection and smoking

HIGHER RISK OF ENDOMETRIAL CANCER EXISTS IF

  • Any abnormal uterine bleeding after 40 years (more)
  • Any bleeding or spotting after 1 year of menopause (more)
  • Infertility with failure of ovulation, obesity (more)
  • Estrogen therapy given long term alone without added progestogens. (more)

HIGHER RISK FOR OVARIAN CANCER EXISTS IF

CHECKLIST FOR COLON AND RECTUM CANCER

  • Annual rectal examination, after 40 years
  • Annual stool test for presence for blood, after 40 years.
  • Proctoscopic examination regularly after 40 years as recommended.

HIGHER RISK FOR COLO-RECTAL CANCER EXISTS IF

  • There is a personal or family history of similar cancer
  • Polyps in colon or rectum and ulcerative colitis
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