Biz 417: How can women work on cancer prevention?
Dr. Jessica Snider: Reduce your risk of getting cancer with simple healthy choices such as avoiding tobacco, protecting your skin, keeping a healthy weight and limiting alcohol. Prevention can also be in the form of vaccines such as the HPV vaccine which decreases the risk of cervical cancer and some other HPV associated cancers.
Biz: What are some recommended screenings for women?
Dr. Snider: Women should talk to their doctor to find out the screening timeline recommended for them. Pap smears (HPV testing) , mammography, and colonoscopy are all recommended for women at certain ages. Sometimes the recommendation is influenced by family history. Lung cancer screening tests are recommended for high risk individuals who meet certain criteria. Screening is necessary to find cancers earlier when there is a higher likelihood of a cure.