Cervical cancer can usually be prevented if women are screened regularly at
least every three years with a test called the Pap test. The Pap test can find
abnormal cells in the cervix. These cells may, over time, turn into cancer, and
could take many years to happen. If the results of a Pap test show there are
abnormal cells that could become cancerous, a woman can be treated. In most
cases, this treatment prevents cervical cancer from developing.
Pap tests can also find cervical cancer early. When it is found early, the
chance of being cured is very high. When it is found early and treated,
cervical cancer is highly curable. The most important thing you can do to avoid
getting cervical cancer is to have regular Pap tests.
Abnormal cells in the cervix and cervical cancer don't always cause
symptoms, especially at first. That's why getting tested for cervical cancer is
important, even if there are no symptoms.
Community efforts to increase access to and use of cancer screening can
lead to greater cancer screening in your community.
If you're 50 or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could
save your life.
Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A
polyp is a growth that shouldn't be there. Over time, some polyps can turn into
Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn
into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early. When it is
found early, the chance of being cured is good.
Researchers estimate that a fourth to a third of colorectal cancer may be
due to physical inactivity and overweight/obesity.*
Maintain a healthy weight. Limiting weight gain during childhood and
adulthood is likely to reduce risk of colorectal cancer and losing weight if
overweight may reduce risk.
Regular physical activity is likely to reduce the risk of colorectal
Community efforts to increase physical activity, such as school-based
physical education programs and creation of walking trails, can contribute to
increased activity in your community. Community efforts to increase access to
and use of cancer screening can lead to greater cancer screening in your