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Which preventive screenings should I get?

When it comes to a disease like cancer, preventive screening can help save your life.

Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. A screening is a test or exam that helps find cancer before it has spread.

Some recommended cancer screenings include colonoscopy, mammograms and Pap tests. If someone is at a higher risk for cancer, for example a heavy smoker, he or she may have different recommendations for cancer screening based on lifestyle and current health.

Not all cancer types have recommended screenings.

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