Screening Guidelines

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BREAST CANCER

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend that women 50 to 74 years of age have a screening mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old who wish to be screened earlier should talk to their doctor about when to begin mammograms. To read more about the USPSTF recommendations, CLICK HERE.
  2. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women 45 and older begin regular mammogram screenings. Women 40 - 44 who wish to be screened early should speak with their doctor about when to begin mammograms. To read more about the ACS recommendations, CLICK HERE

The screening guidelines are for average-risk women only. If a woman is experiencing breast symptoms or has a strong family history of breast cancer, they should see a doctor and screening may be done.

For LBCHP eligibility, we screen women ages 40 - 64 at regular intervals, as well as women any age who are experiencing breast symptoms.  To view our eligibility guidlines, CLICK HERE.


CERVICAL CANCER

Although the leading health organizations differ somewhat in their recommendations regarding the frequency of routine screening, they all agree that women should begin screening at age 21, and continue screening through age 64.

Comparison of cervical cancer screening guidelines from the main expert organizations

For LBCHP eligibility, we screen women ages 21 - 64 at regular intervals, as well as women any age who are experiencing cervical symptoms. To view our eligibility guidlines, CLICK HERE.

Cancer in Louisiana: An Overview and Screening Guide

As part of the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program’s Cancer-Quality Improvement Project, the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (LCCCP) created a booklet giving an overview of and screening guidelines for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. The booklet can be downloaded here.