Screening Guide

Cancer screenings enable healthcare providers at MedStar Health to detect cancer in the early stages, when it is most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends the following screenings, but people at high risk for cancers may need earlier or more frequent screenings. Below is an overview of some familiar screenings, but be sure to discuss with your healthcare provider what screenings you should have based on your family and personal health history.

Breast cancer

  • Monthly breast self-exams for all women beginning at age 20
  • Breast exam by medical provider every three years for women ages 20 to 39
  • Annual mammogram and breast exam by medical provider for women ages 40 and older

Cervical cancer

  • Screening for all women age 18 and older or upon becoming sexually active
  • Annual Pap smear; after three normal Pap tests, frequency may change depending upon medical recommendation

Colorectal cancer

  • Fecal occult blood test for all adults age 50 and older every year
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
  • Double-contrast barium enema every five years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

Prostate cancer

  • Men age 50 and older—discuss testing recommendations with healthcare provider
  • Tests include digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test

Skin cancer

  • Skin self-exam once a month for all adults age 20 and older
  • Skin exam by healthcare provider every three years until age 39, yearly beginning at age 40

Oral cancer

  • Annual exam by dentist or healthcare provider for all adults

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 443-777-7900.

For more information about our clinical trials, please call 443-777-7364.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237