What are examples of certain cancers that might warrant earlier screening because of family history of cancer?

All cancer screenings can be important, but some screenings might need to be done earlier than usual if you have a family history of cancer.

For men, screenings for colon cancer and prostate cancer might need to be done starting at a younger age if you have an increased risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

For women, breast cancer and colon cancer screenings might be recommended by your doctor at an earlier age if you have a family history or other risk factors that increase your chances of cancer, according to the ACS.

Talk to your doctor for more information about cancer screenings that might be done earlier.

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