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Preventive Cancer Screening and Vaccination
Screening means checking your body for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. The routine performance of screening tests may find many kinds of cancer early, when treatment is likely to work best.
Screening for Breast, Cervical, and Colon Cancers
CDC supports screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for females aged 9–26 to prevent cervical cancer. However, the HPV vaccine does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening (Pap tests), according to recommended screening guidelines. For more information, visit Basic Information about Cervical Cancer.
Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
The Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program offers free or low-cost screening at five sites.
Screening for Lung, Ovarian, Prostate, and Skin Cancers
Screening for lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers has not been shown to reduce deaths from those cancers.
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Page last reviewed: April 11, 2007
Page last updated: April 21, 2008
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion