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Common Questions

Why should I be screened? 

Anyone with a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up. It can be highly curable when found and treated early.

  • Screening tests can often find changes very early and well before symptoms appear. Early detection of disease can save lives by providing more treatment options and increasing chances of a cure.
  • The risk for breast cancer increases with age. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be screened.
  • Everyone age 45 and older should be screened for colorectal cancer. Early detection saves lives!
  • If a member of your family has had breast or colorectal cancer, your health care provider may recommend starting screening earlier. 

What if I don’t have a doctor?

Cancer Services Program will schedule an appointment you with one of our providers at a convenient location.

What’s a CBE?

A Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) is a physical exam of the beast performed by a health care provider to check for lumps or other changes.

What is a pap smear/test?

A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix (the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of your vagina).