Cancer Screening Checklist, Starting at 20!

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The previous article mentioned that some “expensive” cancer prevention checkups are not suitable for ordinary people’s screening (

“Expensive” cancer check-up, is it worth it?

), but it is very difficult to find early-stage cancers with routine physical examination packages, so some readers asked: when and which screening is the most effective?

That’s why I’ve put together a list of key screening items for all ages to consider. Before reading the following information, there are several caveats about cancer screening that I would like to re-emphasize:

Effective screening methods vary for different cancers.

The older you get, the greater your risk of cancer, so there are more screening programs.

Most screening recommendations start at age 40, but high-risk groups need earlier.

Some screenings are only recommended for high-risk groups.

Science Science can only provide basic suggestions, and everyone has different risks and concerns. Please consult professionals for specific solutions.

If you understand this, let’s take a look at the screening recommendations for different age groups.

Seeing the words “high-risk group” everywhere, you may be most concerned about whether I am considered a high-risk group for a certain type of cancer. Woolen cloth? Take a look at the table below:

After understanding your physical condition and family history, you can choose the appropriate screening method according to the following table and have a physical examination on time.

Extended reading:

Breast cancer screening, who needs it? How to do it?

How should gastric cancer screening be done? What is a capsule gastroscope?

This cancer is on the rise, and both men and women should be screened at age!

Finally, I would like to stress that this article is only a general recommendation for cancer screening and is for reference only. Everyone’s cancer risk is different, and screening options are different.

For example, for ordinary people, colonoscopy screening is recommended to start at the age of 45, but if you judge that you have high-risk risk factors, and you are particularly worried, money is not a problem, then start at the age of 40, or even 35 It is not bad to start screening at the age of 2. After all, colonoscopy is relatively safe and only needs to be done every 5 to 10 years.

If you have the conditions, the best way is to consult a professional such as a doctor to design a screening method that is most suitable for you. Early stage cancer does not mean a terminal illness. I hope everyone can live a healthy life and do a good job of screening to nip the danger in the bud.

Salute to life!

*This article aims to popularize the science behind cancer, not drug promotion materials, nor a treatment plan recommendation. For guidance on disease treatment plans, please go to a regular hospital for treatment.


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