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Sponsored by Northside Hospital Forsyth A Healthier You… The Power of Screenings in Beating Cancer When caught early, cancer is often easier to treat. That’s why cancer screenings are so pivotal to the early detection and treat- ment of this deadly disease. However, new clinical studies can lead to new screening recommendations for (and increased confusion about) screenings and healthy living. Who do you listen to? The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute always supports recommendations that save the most lives. The most important thing you can do is to know your body, recognize changes and report them to you doctor when they occur. Keep a detailed personal and family health history. Then, talk with your doctor about what screenings and lifestyle changes are right for you. When do I need to be screened? Regardless of your age, have annual check-ups with your doctor. It’s here that you’ll discuss your overall well-being including any life changes. Considering your medical and family histories, your doctor will know best what screenings you should have and when. Be proactive about your health and do your own research. Learn about your cancer risks and what screenings are recommend- ed for your age and gender. Take any concerns you have to your doctor. Skin Cancer / Melanoma CANCER SCREENINGS AT NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL-FORSYTH Prostate Cancer Screenings 404-531-4444 Next screening: Wednesday, October 12, 6-8 p.m. Registration opens August 28. Smoking Cessation Program Call 404-780-7653 for class date and locations. Lung Cancer Screenings 404-531-4444 Breast Cancer Screenings 770-667-4400 Regardless of your age, have yearly body checks by a dermatologist and perform self-checks once a month. Use a hand mirror to check hard-to- see places. Individuals with reduced immunity or who have had skin cancer before, and those with a strong family history of skin cancer are at higher risk for developing skin cancer. Call your doctor if you notice anything unusual. Prostate Cancer Beginning at age 55, men at average risk for de- veloping prostate cancer should begin to discuss screening with their doctor. Men at high risk for developing prostate cancer, including those who are African-American or have a family history of the disease, should begin discussing screening even sooner, at around 40. Lung Cancer Screening is recommended for high-risk indi- viduals who are 50-77 and smoke, and who have one or more additional risk factors. Risk factors may include having a family history of lung can- cer; exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos, arsenic or uranium; or living in a city with high levels of air pollution. Colorectal Cancer Beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, meaning you have a family history of the disease or have a personal history of inflam- matory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, you should discuss earlier screenings with your doctor. Breast Cancer Women should begin annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and continue for as long as they are in good health. Some women because of their family history, genetic tendency, or certain other factors should be screened with MRI in addition to mammography. Your doctor can tell you whether you should have additional tests or should start screening at an earlier age. Cervical Cancer Routine Pap tests are crucial for the early detec- tion and treatment of cervical cancer. Women 21 to 65 years should have a routine Pap test at least once every three years. HPV vaccines help protect against most but not all cases of HPV cervical infections. Regular pelvic exams are highly recommended. The HPV vaccine is given over 6 months to males and females ages 9-26. More cases of cancer are diagnosed and treated at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute than at any other hospital in Georgia. At Northside Hospital-Forsyth and outpatient facilities nearby in Dawsonville, Cumming and Alpharetta, patients have access to a full continuum of cancer care – from prevention and diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, and support. For more information, visit www.northside.com/cancer- institute. August 2017 | 3