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Cancer Information

Baylor cancer centers treat all forms of cancer. Baylor follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of many forms of cancer, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer. For information, referral or services, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or talk with your physician.

Breast Cancer

Baylor follows the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines** for breast cancer screening of women without symptoms:

  • A mammogram every year for all women age 40 or older (screening may begin earlier if clinically indicated).
  • Clinical breast exam by a health care professional every 3 years for women age 20 to 39, and annually for women age 40 and older.
  • Breast self-exam monthly for all women age 20 and older.

Colorectal Cancer

Baylor follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of colorectal cancer. Beginning at age 50, men and women should have a fecal occult blood test and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Repeat the fecal occult blood test annually and the sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or have a colonoscopy at 10-year intervals, or have a double-contrast barium enema every 5 to 10 years. You may ask your healthcare provider for further information.

Pap Test

The Pap test can detect early, "pre-cancerous" cell changes in the cervix. Baylor follows the American Cancer Society recommendations that all women who have reached the age of 18 or have been sexually active have a Pap test and pelvic exam every year. Please discuss any questions with your healthcare provider.

Prostate Cancer

Baylor follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of prostate cancer. Men should have a prostatespecific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) every year, starting at age 50. African-American men and men who have two or more close relatives (father or brothers) with prostate cancer should begin screenings at age 45.

Skin Cancer

Baylor recommends avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during the midday. These actions can help prevent most skin cancers. Wear protective clothing--hats with brims, long-sleeved shirts--and use sunscreen on all exposed parts of the skin. If you have children, protect them from the sun and don't allow them to become sunburned. Examine your skin regularly for irregular moles, and have a skin exam during your regular health checkups.

*Baylor does not own or produce this website. However, as a public service to you, Baylor is providing you with this resource information. Baylor does not sponsor or endorse this website or the contents of this website. If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider.** Guidelines for screening without symptoms of breast disease and with normal risk for cancer. The presence of a strong family history of breast cancer or other factors may alter these recommendations. Please check with your healthcare provider if you need direction to the most convenient Baylor Cancer Center.

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