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Bermuda's Cancer Screening Guidelines

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Research indicates that only 5% of cancers are hereditary; this means that most cancers occur spontaneously. Research also indicates that healthy lifestyles and regular checkups can prevent many cancers. Exercise your power!

Cancer-related check-ups

For people aged 20 or older having periodic health exams, a cancer-related check-up should include health counseling and, depending on a person’s age and gender, exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries, as well as for some non-malignant (non-cancerous) diseases.

Take control of your health, and reduce your cancer risk.

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get moving with regular physical activity
  • Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all)
  • Protect your skin
  • Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
  • Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests

Talk to your doctor about recommended screenings:

  • Women 21yrs+ to begin regular Pap screening for cervical  cancer and to have an annual pelvic exam
  • Women 40yrs+ to receive an annual mammogram for breast cancer detection
  • Men 40yrs+ to receive annual DRE tests and PSA if indicated to spot early warning signs of prostate cancer
  • Men and Women 50yrs+ to begin screening for colorectal cancer


For additional information on cancer prevention and screening (cancer specific) please click here.